Tag: Liberalism (US Politics)

Can the Left Save Liberalism From Trump?

As the author of a recent book titled “What Was Liberalism?,” I have been chided by critics for joining a chorus of doomsayers. The stock of liberalism certainly looked low in 2016, when I began my research: Donald Trump was elected president and the British decided to leave the European Union. But Mr. Trump’s approval […]

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The Other Candidates Are Coming for Warren

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Under attack from her Democratic rivals, can Elizabeth Warren hold on to her new front-runner status in the 2020 presidential primary? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss the fallout from the fourth […]

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How ‘White Guilt’ in the Age of Trump Shapes the Democratic Primary

ANKENY, Iowa — When Donald Trump was elected, John Olsen felt enraged by the racial tension that fueled his rise, the silence of his white neighbors and the stories of racial discrimination he heard from his nonwhite friends. Black friends said they were followed around department stores, so Mr. Olsen, who is white, became a […]

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Is the Threat of Impeachment Emboldening Trump?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is the threat of impeachment making President Trump more erratic — and more dangerous? With Michelle Goldberg out on assignment, fellow Op-Ed columnist Jamelle Bouie returns to “The Argument” to discuss Trump’s decision to […]

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This Is the Moment Rachel Maddow Has Been Waiting For

Rachel Maddow was trying to get to work. She only had to get from the glass door of her doctor’s office to the tinted-windowed S.U.V. that was idling at the curb, waiting to spirit her to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, but there was a hitch. Maddow had torn three ligaments in her left ankle — fishing […]

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Roy Cohn Is How We Got Trump

Near the beginning of “Where’s My Roy Cohn?” the new documentary about the lawyer and power broker who mentored Donald Trump, an interviewee says, “Roy Cohn’s contempt for people, his contempt for the law, was so evident on his face that if you were in his presence, you knew you were in the presence of […]

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A Clash Over Barack Obama’s Legacy? Democratic Voters Don’t Want to Hear It

In some of the tensest moments of the 2020 debates, a viewer might have concluded that Democrats were poised for a large-scale clash over the legacy of President Barack Obama. There have been heated arguments about whether to stick with Mr. Obama’s architecture for health care policy or to pursue a single-payer system, and flashes […]

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Can We Talk About Biden’s Age?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is Joe Biden’s shakiness on the stump a sign that he’s just too old to run for president? Or is it just proof that some of his critics are ageist? This week on “The […]

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Barack Obama’s Biggest Mistake

In 2009, Barack Obama was the most powerful newly elected American president in a generation. Democrats controlled the House and, for about five months in the second half of the year, they enjoyed a filibuster-proof, 60-vote majority in the Senate. For the first six months of his presidency, Obama had an approval rating in the […]

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No One Should Take Black Voters for Granted

The African-American electorate has been undergoing a quiet, long-term transformation, moving from the left toward the center on several social and cultural issues, while remaining decisively liberal, even radical, on economic issues, according to a series of studies by prominent African-American scholars. “There has been a shift in the attitudes of black masses about the […]

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Democrats Need to Get More Ruthless

How important do Democrats think it is to beat President Trump in 2020? Obviously, most Democrats would say it’s vitally important. Four more years of the Trump presidency could allow him to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. It would worsen the climate crisis. It could cement his paranoid racism and scorn for […]

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Biden Wants to Work With ‘the Other Side.’ This Supreme Court Battle Explains Why.

Joseph R. Biden Jr. was on the brink of victory, but he was unsatisfied. Mr. Biden, the 44-year-old chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was poised to watch his colleagues reject President Ronald Reagan’s formidable nominee to the Supreme Court, Robert H. Bork. The vote was unlikely to be close. Yet Mr. Biden was hovering […]

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When Elizabeth Warren Agreed With Betsy DeVos

The most important campaign news of the summer was Elizabeth Warren’s surge. Early in the year, her campaign was foundering. She was in fifth place, with a mere 6 percent support. Now she is rising toward the top, with former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders. She’s drawing huge crowds — 15,000 in […]

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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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