Tag: Liberalism (US Politics)

Mazel Tov, Trump. You’ve Revived the Jewish Left.

On Aug. 11, more than 1,000 people marked Tisha B’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, by occupying an Amazon Books store in Manhattan, protesting the technology behemoth’s technical support for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Sitting on the floor, they read harrowing accounts of people in immigration detention and recited the Kaddish, the […]

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The Pundit-Defying Idiosyncrasies of Iowa Voters

On Friday, Julie Allen, a 62-year-old Medicaid consultant, took time off work to sit in the scorching sun at a midday, open-air rally for Joe Biden in Boone, Iowa. In 2016, she told me, she was “all in” for Bernie Sanders, but she now feels “he’s past his time,” and as she considers her choices […]

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Does Trump Help Fuel Mass Shootings?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Just how much responsibility does President Trump bear for violence motivated by racism? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss the recent shootings in El Paso, Tex., and Dayton, Ohio. Michelle Goldberg sees […]

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Progressive Activists Have Pushed Democrats to the Left on Climate Issues. Now What?

DETROIT — In April, young activists with the Sunrise Movement, a liberal environmental group, held a rally here at Wayne State University to champion radical steps to curb climate change. Their aim: to get Democratic presidential candidates on record supporting the Green New Deal, which ties traditional goals, like reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with social […]

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Why Not Cory Booker?

If you were cooking up a candidate in a lab to take on Donald Trump, you might come up with someone a lot like Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. (Well, except for the unmarried vegan part.) Like Pete Buttigieg, Booker was a Rhodes scholar and the dynamic mayor of a city afflicted by industrial […]

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Joe Biden Is Learning That Liberals Eat Their Own

As a conservative watching the Democratic debates, one of the most astonishing aspects of the multicandidate assault on Joe Biden was that the case against him seems to be based in large measure on his role in two generations of Democratic victories. His “crimes” consist partly in playing crucial roles in the political successes of […]

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Moderates Faltered at Tuesday’s Debate. Will Joe Biden Do Better Tonight?

DETROIT — At Tuesday night’s debate, the moderate Democrats delivered a chorus of complaints, to little apparent effect: They argued single-payer health care would never work in America. They insisted that decriminalizing border crossings would be politically toxic. They accused the liberals of misunderstanding the economy and overlooking the essential conservatism of big parts of […]

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Five Debate Takeaways

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. A few takeaways from last night’s debate: I thought Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Steve Bullock did the most effective jobs of delivering their messages (which isn’t to say I agreed with everything they said). You can […]

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What I’ll Be Looking for Tonight

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The second round of Democratic primary debates begins tonight in Detroit, followed by another debate on the same stage Wednesday night. Most analysts expect confrontation, because these are the last debates before the standards for qualifying get […]

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How White Democrats Moved Left

People are always changing their minds, day to day. But over the past 20-odd years one group has shifted to an astounding degree: highly educated white Democrats. I’m not sure I understand why this group has undergone such a transformation, but it has, and the effects are reshaping our politics. The easiest way to describe […]

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The Democratic Party Is Actually Three Parties

Democratic Party voters are split. Its most progressive wing, which is supportive of contentious policies on immigration, health care and other issues, is, in the context of the party’s electorate, disproportionately white. So is the party’s middle group of “somewhat liberal” voters. Its more moderate wing, which is pressing bread-and-butter concerns like jobs, taxes and […]

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How Democrats Defeat Donald Trump

Surprise, surprise: Donald Trump has no bottom. Just when you think he has sunk as low as he can, he stages a rally like that atrocity in North Carolina on Wednesday night and sinks lower. But the key takeaway isn’t that he’s a demagogue or a racist: These were facts put into evidence long ago. […]

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Will Trump’s Racism Sink the G.O.P.?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Most Republicans met President Trump’s racist tweets about four Democratic congresswomen of color with silence, mild rebuke or whataboutism. This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate whether the Grand Old Party has fully […]

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The Hard Immigration Questions

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The history of American opposition to immigration is to a large extent a history of racism, which was often promoted by powerful or influential people. Calvin Coolidge wrote in 1921 that “Biological laws tell us that certain […]

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What Pelosi Versus the Squad Really Means

What’s at stake in the struggle between Nancy Pelosi and the four progressive House members known as the squad? Partly it’s just the perpetual conflict between younger members who want change fast and older members who say you have to deal with political reality. But deep down it’s a conflict of worldviews. No matter how […]

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Get It Together, Democrats

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The Democratic Party is having a rough summer so far: Congressional Democrats have a weak, confusing message about Robert Mueller’s findings. Congressional Republicans outfoxed Democrats on a border funding bill. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, […]

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Please, Pelosi, Fight Trump, Not the Squad

For the last couple of weeks, the House Democratic leadership has been locked in an escalating battle with four left-wing freshmen congresswomen known as “the squad”: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib. It started with a dispute over funding for detention facilities at the border, with the squad voting against any new […]

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Saving Bernie Sanders

We’re only two debates-and-their-aftermaths deep into the Democratic primary campaign, and already one of my 2020 scenarios is looking wobbly. This spring I prophesied that Bernie Sanders had a chance of imitating Ronald Reagan’s leap between 1976 and 1980 — in which a former insurgent dismissed as too old and too ideological became a nominee […]

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What Is Nancy Pelosi Thinking?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is consumer activism an effective political strategy? Has corporate America become a force for social liberalism? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists talk “woke capitalism.” Ross Douthat thinks the burgeoning phenomenon reflects a […]

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Is There Anyone Who Can Unite the Democrats Besides Trump?

Are Democrats or Republicans more out of touch with the American people? In 1999, a CNN/Gallup survey asked that very question: Are Democrats or Republicans “in touch or out of touch with the American people?” Twenty years ago, a solid 57 percent majority of voters described the Democratic Party as in touch with the American […]

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