Tag: Pete Buttigieg

Beto O’Rourke Doesn’t Want to Run for Senate. That’s Fine.

Beto O’Rourke is sick of people telling him to run for Senate again. “You know the question’s going to keep coming up,” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell told O’Rourke on Thursday, “this question of what about dropping out of this presidential race and taking up the race for the Senate.” “Let me make your show the place […]

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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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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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How Prisons Inflate Rural Voters’ Power

The Trump administration suffered its worst legal defeat yet last month when the Supreme Court effectively forced it to keep a citizenship question off the 2020 census. Had the effort succeeded, fewer immigrants and noncitizens would have participated in the census, thereby warping a decade’s worth of federal statistics and congressional districts. More than 200,000 […]

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Democratic Debates, Day 1: Elizabeth Warren Came to Detroit and Caught a Body

Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) (L) greets former Maryland congressman John Delaney (R) while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) hugs Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019, in Detroit.Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images DETROIT—Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was supposed to come to Detroit and prove to […]

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This Is the Soul of the Democratic Party

Halfway through the Democratic presidential debate in Detroit on Tuesday night, there was an illuminating exchange between Senator Elizabeth Warren, who consistently polls in the double digits, and former Representative John Delaney, who does not. “I think Democrats win when we run on real solutions, not impossible promises, when we run on things that are […]

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Dems Descend on Detroit for Round 2 of Presidential Debates

Photo: Terrell Jermaine Starr DETROIT—Here in the Motor City, locals are looking for Democratic candidates to prove one thing: Can you beat Donald Trump? This is not a question germane to Detroit—indeed, Trump is wildly unpopular with black people nationally—but what makes this city particularly vital is that it is the biggest black city in […]

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Lil Nas X Will Apparently Do An ‘Old Town Road’ Remix With Anyone — Except Mayor Pete

Getty Image In the months that Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” has dominated the charts, the 20-year-old rapper has extended its success with a variety of remixes with strategically chosen guest stars. Those stars have ranged from country mainstay Billy Ray Cyrus to K-Pop sensation BTS with many others joking about jumping on, including […]

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Biden’s Big, Obvious Ideas for Criminal-Justice Reform

Joe Biden, ahead of two major speeches before black civil-rights groups later this week, unveiled his plan on Tuesday for reforming America’s broken criminal-justice system. “Equality, equity, justice—these ideas form the American creed,” the plan begins. “We have never lived up to it and we haven’t always gotten it right, but we’ve never stopped trying.” […]

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Pete Buttigieg Released A Massive Racial Justice Plan; Is It Enough?

Getty Image On June 16, 2019, South Bend, Indiana Sergeant Ryan O’Neill shot and killed Eric Logan, a 54-year-old father of seven, in a parking lot. O’Neill, whose body camera was turned off at the time, claimed self-defense, alleging that Logan, a black man, had pulled a knife on him when he approached to ask […]

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The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 3: Kamala Harris Throws Black Voters Under the Bus(ing?)

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Getty Images) This week’s Root 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings is full of surprises. We have a new No. 1 after several candidates forgot that black people still matter, and a special guest power-ranking judge. This week, me (Dr. Jason Johnson, Politics Editor at The Root) and Marcus Ferrell, former African American […]

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What Does Big Tech Want from Buttigieg?

Pete Buttigieg made more than a few jaws drop last week when he released quarterly donation tallies that outperformed his place in the opinion polls by a large margin. Between April and July, Buttigieg raised a staggering $25 million from nearly 300,000 donors—more than any other candidate in the race, including consistent frontrunner Joe Biden […]

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Elizabeth Warren Takes a Bite Out of the Bernie Bros With $19 Million Haul in Campaign Cash

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty) Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised $19.1 million in campaign cash over the past three months, beating the take of similarly politically progressive rival Sen. Bernie Sanders during the same period. The numbers suggest Warren may be viewed as a more politically viable alternative to Sanders. And, as the New York […]

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Biden Misses the Bus, Booker Starts to Cuss, and Harris Adjusts: The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 2

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) Welcome back to The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, where our select committee of activists, consultants, politicians, and analysts decide where the candidates stand on the issues that matter to black people. This week’s rankings are curated by Dr. Jason Johnson, Politics Editor of The Root (yours truly) […]

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AI Weekly: China, the United States, and the struggle for global leadership

This week, 2020 presidential hopefuls took the stage in Miami for the first Democratic primary candidate debates. At times the whole thing felt a bit like a reality show, because some desperate people knew they wouldn’t make it to the next round, but also because of a smattering of meme-worthy moments. I know nobody wants […]

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People Trapped by Student Debt Need Money, Not a Long Policy Argument

Left: Stock photo via Getty. Right: Photo of Bernie Sanders by Sean Rayford/Getty Nick Hawthorne has had a rough couple of years. The 37-year-old film professor at Montana Tech found out at Christmas that not only is he not getting tenure, his entire department is being eliminated. Fresh out of a teaching job and more than $66,000 […]

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Kamala Harris Goes for Joe Biden’s Jugular on Issue of Race During 2nd Night of Democratic Debates

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former Vice President Joe Biden flank Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), during the second night of the Democratic presidential primary debate June 27, 2019, in Miami.Photo: Wilfredo Lee (Associated Press) U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) came for Vice President Joe Biden’s neck Thursday night over his lack of support for federally […]

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Who’s on Top? The Root’s 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 1

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) Welcome to The Root’s Black Power Rankings, where we assess the eleventy-billion Democrats currently running for the chance to face off against Donald Trump for the presidency. Every single candidate running right now knows they need to win black voters to have a chance at the Democratic nomination. Yet […]

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