Tag: Liberalism (US Politics)

The Argument: Which 2020 Underdogs Stand a Chance?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher In this episode of “The Argument,” recorded on April 10 before an audience at TheTimesCenter in New York, the columnists talk immigration in the Trump era. Michelle Goldberg makes the case for shunning administration […]

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Cancel Kirstjen Nielsen

On Sunday evening, news broke that Kirstjen Nielsen was leaving her job as head of the Department of Homeland Security. The New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted that according to people close to Nielsen, one reason she hung on as long as she did was because “she was aware how awful life would/will be […]

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House Democratic Campaign Arm Nears War With Liberals Over Primary Fights

WASHINGTON — The House Democratic campaign arm is on the verge of open warfare with the party’s rising liberal wing as political operatives close to Speaker Nancy Pelosi try to shut down primary challenges before what is likely to be a hard-fought campaign next year to preserve the party’s shaky majority. Progressive Democrats were infuriated […]

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The Argument: Should Biden Run?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is Joe Biden the Democrats’ best hope to beat President Trump in 2020? Or is the former vice president woefully behind the times? This week on “The Argument,” Michelle Goldberg says that allegations of […]

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The Real Joe Biden Decision

At some point soon, Joe Biden is going to have to make two decisions. The first is whether he wants to run for the Democratic nomination. The second is whether he wants to win it, and at what cost. Right now, even after some slippage, Biden has the highest polling numbers of any candidate in […]

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The Wrong Time for Joe Biden

On Friday, Lucy Flores, a former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of Nevada, accused Joe Biden of touching her inappropriately as they waited to take the stage at a 2014 election rally. He put his hands on her shoulders, she said, then nuzzled her hair and kissed the back of her head. She didn’t accuse […]

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What My Fellow Liberals Don’t Get About Venezuela

Stop sanitizing a tyrannical dictator. My country deserves change.CreditCreditThe New York Times From Noam Chomsky to Ilhan Omar, there is a growing movement on the American left known as “Hands Off Venezuela,” protesting America’s backing of the opposition leader Juan Guaido. Some of them even chant, “Maduro, friend, the people are with you.” In this […]

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Americans Are Divided by Their Views on Race, Not Race Itself

Amid the uproar over the Ralph Northam blackface photograph, a Washington Post poll asked Virginians if he should remain governor. The results were striking: Only 48 percent of whites felt that he should stay in office. That percentage was exceeded by the nearly 60 percent of black Virginians who thought Mr. Northam should remain. In […]

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The Argument: One-on-One With Elizabeth Warren

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play This week on “The Argument,” Senator Elizabeth Warren sits down with David Leonhardt for an interview about her 2020 presidential campaign. The Massachusetts senator talks antitrust policy, her proposed wealth tax and universal child […]

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Bernie Sanders-Style Politics Are Defining 2020 Race, Unnerving Moderates

[Sign up for our politics newsletter and join our conversation about the 2020 presidential race.] IOWA CITY — The sharp left turn in the Democratic Party and the rise of progressive presidential candidates are unnerving moderate Democrats who increasingly fear that the party could fritter away its chances of beating President Trump in 2020 by […]

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What’s Left of the Center-Left?

Since at least the middle of the Obama era, all the energy and activity and creativity in the Democratic coalition has been with people pushing the party away from any kind of centrism — with the journals and zines that have resuscitated something they call socialism, with the activists trying to impose the college-campus style […]

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A Dose of Moderation Would Help Democrats

The energy in the 2020 Democratic campaign has been coming from the left. Candidates are pushing Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, a wealth tax and other ideas that are more progressive than anything a recent Democratic nominee has favored. Much of this shift — which has been focused on economic policy — is […]

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The Argument: Will Michael Cohen’s Testimony Doom Trump?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play This week on “The Argument,” Michelle Goldberg and David Leonhardt break down Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress. Does anything from Cohen’s disclosures on Wednesday threaten the future of his former boss’s presidency? Then, is […]

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The Deepening ‘Racialiazation’ of American Politics

In 1992, before Bill Clinton became “our first black president,” before Newt Gingrich’s “Republican revolution,” before the advent of Barack Obama, I wrote a book about how race had come to dominate American politics. I argued that the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 set in motion a realignment of the two parties. […]

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The Useful Idealism of the Green New Deal

Amid the unceasing awfulness of the Trump administration, I’ve lately found comfort in the Yale political scientist Stephen Skowronek’s concept of “political time,” which has in turn informed my thinking about the almost utopian ambitions of the Green New Deal. Surveying the American presidency, Skowronek sees politics unfolding in cycles. Every so often, insurgent coalitions […]

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The Argument: Is the Green New Deal a Leftist Fantasy?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play This week on “The Argument,” is the Green New Deal a symbol of the future of the Democratic Party? Or is it just socialism disguised as climate reform? Michelle Cottle of the Times editorial […]

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How the Left Embraced Elitism

Over the past generation, global capitalism has produced the greatest reduction in human poverty in history. Over the past 10 years, American capitalism has produced 20 million new jobs. The productive dynamism of capitalism is truly a wonder to behold. But economic growth alone is not enough. Growth alone does not translate into economic security […]

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Trump’s Nightmare Opponents

A few weeks ago, the pollsters at Monmouth University asked Democrats across the country to choose between two different kinds of nominees. One was a candidate whom the voter agreed with on most issues but who might struggle to beat President Trump. The other was the reverse — a strong candidate with different views from […]

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The Argument: The Abortion Argument

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate abortion. Michelle Goldberg picks apart conservatives’ response to efforts in New York and Virginia to expand access and argues that even ostensibly limited restrictions are part […]

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What’s Really Radical? Not Taxing the Rich

Imagine for a moment that a presidential candidate made this speech: My fellow Americans, I’m here today to tell you about my economic plan. Each year, I will require every middle-class family across this great country to write a check. We will then pool the money and distribute it to the richest Americans among us […]

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