Tag: Kamala Harris

Ayanna Pressley to Introduce Impeachment Inquiry of Brett Kavanaugh

Photo: Mary Schwalm (AP Photo) Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley plans on introducing a House resolution Tuesday calling for an impeachment inquiry of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who recently became the subject of another sexual misconduct allegation. “Sexual predators do not deserve a seat on the nation’s highest court and Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process set […]

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Post-Debate Analysis: Joe Biden Is a White Man, the Media Are Racist Against Julián Castro and Black People Are Out of Their Goddamn Minds

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention at the SNHU Arena on September 7, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images Eyes on 2020An in-depth look at the candidates vying for the highest office in the land in 2020.   HOUSTON—Let’s get straight to the point: […]

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Joe Biden Appears to Be The Last Person to Realize That Joe Biden Will Never Be President

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) Between two and four times a week, I come home from whatever it is I was doing before, I change into gym-appropriate clothes, I stuff a four-year-old Gap Kids baby bag repurposed as a gym bag with a pair of Kyrie 5s, a knee brace, extra socks, and a T-shirt, […]

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Second Tier in Top Form at Democratic Debate

Thursday’s Democratic debate was billed as a kind of battle royal. The first four nights of debates? They were preseason. Now, at long last, the ten leading candidates would appear on the same stage—and everything would again make sound-bite-sized sense in American politics.  But even if the party is done with the two-night debate format—and […]

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Live Blog: From Houston, the Democratic Debate at Texas Southern University

Texas Southern University students wait in the heat to enter a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at Texas Southern University in Houston. Photo: AP Photo (David J. Phillip) Eyes on 2020An in-depth look at the candidates vying for the highest office in the land in 2020.   HOUSTON—Will Kamala Harris […]

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Kamala Harris Gets Slightly Less Tough on Crime

In this Democratic primary, it can be difficult to distinguish between the candidates’ various criminal justice reform proposals—but at least they have them. Finally, maybe, Democratic presidential candidates no longer need to signal their “tough on crime” stance. They can propose that some criminal laws should be scrapped. They can commit to reducing the number […]

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Kamala Harris Releases Criminal Justice Reform Plan to Address Police Brutality, Mass Incarceration, the Drug War

Photo: Scott Eisen (Getty Images) Kamala Harris has a lot of plans. Every other week the California senator introduces a proposal that would end climate change (with a trillion dollars,) create Medicare-for-all (without pushing out private insurers) and fund black businesses (while ensuring that the local Jamaican restaurant never runs out of oxtails). And on […]

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Decriminalizing Sex Work Makes the Entire Black Community Safer

Photo: iStock I came out rather late, while I was serving in the military, hundreds of miles away from my parents, siblings and children. I was stationed in Fort Myers, Virginia, and I worked part-time in Washington, D.C. This was also the time when I started transitioning and doing sex work. Since then, I have […]

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Kamala Harris Apologizes for Laughing at ‘Mentally Retarded’ Remark About Trump

Photo: Robert F. Bukaty (AP) The political campaign trail is no laughing matter. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris learned that the hard way after being called out for her reaction to a rallygoer who called Donald Trump’s actions “mentally retarded” at a campaign event on Friday. Disability rights activists criticized the California senator after […]

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Kamala Harris Proposes Spending $10 Trillion (Yes, That’s Trillion With a ‘T’) to Fight Climate Change

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty) A problem of global proportion perhaps demands a solution of similar dimensions, and on Wednesday, Democratic presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris proposed a $10 trillion plan to combat global warming, aka climate change. The California senator announced her plan Wednesday ahead of a CNN-sponsored Democratic candidates’ forum on ways […]

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Castro Punches His Ticket, Harris Starts to Fidget and Yang starts to Kick It: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 8

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) We made it. After eight full weeks of Twitter spats, campaign gossip, polls and memes, we’ve reached our first bye week of The Root’s Presidential Black Power Rankings. Not only have the power rankings been a rousing success, with people eagerly anticipating each week, the engagement we’ve engendered (which […]

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Castro Gives Trump a Slap, Harris Gets a New Rap, and Stacey Abrams Sets a VP Thirst Trap: The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 7

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) “Smart white people know how to hire black people who actually KNOW black people.” Yours truly (Dr. Jason Johnson politics editor for the Root) and Marcus Ferrell, (former Black Outreach for Bernie Sanders in 2016) and the rest of the Power Rankings Committee came to this conclusion this week […]

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Beto Goes Blue, Warren Wilts and Harris Goes O.G. AG: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 6

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Getty Images) Mass shootings hit in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas; the stock market crashes; and Toni Morrison passes away. Why is it that every week of the Donald Trump presidency feels like a depressing opening scroll in some post-apocalyptic ’80s movie? In last week’s power rankings we noted that in […]

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Kamala Harris’s Controversial Record As A District Attorney, Explained

UPROXX / Getty Images California Senator Kamala Harris has, in the roughly seven months since she began her presidential campaign, become a front-runner in the crowded Democratic primary. She even saw a significant bump in favorability in several major polls after the June debates, in which she took former Vice President Joe Biden to task […]

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No, Kamala Harris Didn’t ‘Lock Up’ Lil’ Kim in 2006

Kamala Harris: Screenshot of Countdown to Lockdown, Lil Kim: Johnny Nunez/WireImage Kamala Harris is facing criticism from a group she probably wasn’t expecting: Lil’ Kim stans. After this week’s Democratic debates, Queen Bee fans uncovered old footage from BET’s Countdown to Lockdown, a 2006 reality show that followed the rapper’s 2005 federal charges, is being […]

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Booker Bodies Biden, Bernie Gets Cardi, and Kamala Gets Clapped: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 5

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Getty Images) Before you read The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings for week 5, we want you to close your eyes and use your imagination. It’s January 2023: Lil Nas X has just accepted a Grammy for his 32nd remix of “Old Town Road”; Facebook has just rolled out its new […]

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Democratic Debates, Day 2: Andrew Yang Won the Night, Castro Shined, Biden and Harris Didn’t Perform Well

Democratic presidential candidate former tech executive Andrew Yang speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 31, 2019, in Detroit. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images FLINT, Mich.—Just an hour away from the debate stage in Detroit where 10 candidates made their cases to the nation as to why they should be the next […]

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Warped Flip-Flop Tomi Lahren Apologizes for Tweeting Sen. Kamala Harris Slept Her Way to the Top

Photo: Rich Polk (Getty Images) Tomi Lahren, America’s unwashable mayonnaise stain and host of some shitty show on Fox News, couldn’t stand watching California Sen. Kamala Harris on stage. It messed with all of her sensibilities. It ruined her spidey senses. So what did America’s most dog chewed pair of Keds do? Well, she went […]

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Status Quo Joe

The first words spoken by a candidate on Wednesday’s debate stage came from Joe Biden. “Go easy on me, kid,” he joked to Kamala Harris as she walked out on stage for the candidate introductions. The senator did not go easy on him, nor did most of the other Democratic contenders in Detroit. But nobody […]

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9 Legit Interesting Moments in a Very Personal Democratic Debate

Barack Obama wasn’t on the debate stage Wednesday night, but he was on everyone’s mind. And for what felt like the first time in this already frenzied and strange 2020 presidential campaign, it wasn’t all fawning and flattery. Before the candidates could discuss the legacy of the last Democrat to win the White House, however, […]

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