Tag: Presidential Election of 2020

A Blaring Message in Republicans’ Muted Criticism: It’s Trump’s Party

WASHINGTON — The lack of widespread Republican condemnation of President Trump for his comments about four Democratic congresswomen of color illustrated both the tightening stranglehold Mr. Trump has on his party and the belief of many Republicans that an attack on progressivism should in fact be a central element of the 2020 campaign. While a […]

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Money Gap Among Democrats Grows as Inslee, Castro and Gillibrand Report Small Hauls

The gap between the rich and the poor in the Democratic presidential primary is big — and growing. Some of the second-tier candidates began announcing their fund-raising hauls for the second quarter of 2019 on Monday afternoon as the filing deadline of midnight approached. Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington ($3 million), former housing secretary Julian […]

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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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Huge Turnout Is Expected in 2020. So Which Party Would Benefit?

The 2020 presidential election is poised to have the highest turnout in a century, with the potential to reshape the composition of the electorate in a decisive way. But perhaps surprisingly, it is not obvious which party would benefit. There are opportunities and risks for both parties, based on an Upshot analysis of voter registration […]

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Joe Biden’s Health Care Plan Focuses on Shoring Up the Affordable Care Act

After remaining vague for months about his plans to expand on the Affordable Care Act, Joseph R. Biden Jr. is planning to offer more details in a speech Monday, including changes to the law that would let more people get subsidies to help pay for their health insurance and reduce the maximum percentage of income […]

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A Brief History of Joe Biden and School Busing

School busing has for decades been a contentious tool for racial integration. And it is back in the spotlight 65 years after Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to desegregate public schools, because Senator Kamala Harris of California recently attacked former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for his position on […]

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How Joe Biden Became the Democrats’ Anti-Busing Crusader

NEWPORT, Del. — In July 1974, with a federal court in Delaware on the verge of ordering busing to integrate Wilmington’s overwhelmingly black public schools, Joseph R. Biden Jr. arrived at a school auditorium in this predominantly white suburb to find himself the target of a political ambush. Just two years after narrowly winning a […]

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The Power Went Out. Where Was de Blasio?

In a union hall lobby in Waterloo, Iowa, Mayor Bill de Blasio slouched down into a corner, his presidential stump speech safely delivered, but with a more pressing issue at hand. About 1,000 miles away, large swaths of Manhattan’s West Side were still enveloped in darkness by a massive power failure, and Mr. de Blasio […]

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Con Edison Apologizes for Power Failure, but Offers Few Clues About ‘Root Cause’

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Consolidated Edison apologized on Sunday for a power failure that left a large swath of the country’s most densely populated urban area steaming in the dark for five hours, as utility executives and elected officials continued to seek an […]

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Joe Biden Decides He Doesn’t Need to Stay Above the Fray After All

ATKINSON, N.H. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. spent the first months of his presidential campaign largely ignoring his nearly two dozen rivals, seeking to stay above the Democratic fray as he cast himself as an unapologetic pragmatist who could beat President Trump in a general election. But after a rocky first debate performance, blistering criticism […]

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Pete Buttigieg’s Life in the Closet

The closet that Pete Buttigieg built for himself in the late 1990s and 2000s was a lot like the ones that other gay men of his age and ambition hid inside. He dated women, deepened his voice and furtively looked at MySpace and Friendster profiles of guys who had come out — all while wondering […]

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Here’s One List Where Kirsten Gillibrand Is Winning and Kamala Harris Is Tied With Marianne Williamson

Amid the relentless focus on Washington and presidential politics, a liberal political action committee has ranked the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on something much lower on the political food chain — what they are doing to help Democrats win state legislative seats. The idea is that rebuilding the party nationally depends on the hard work […]

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Democrats Shouldn’t Be So Certain About Abortion

President Trump’s best chance for re-election lies in getting Democrats to approach complicated, tender issues with a tone-deaf, incoherent stridency that approaches his own. Unfortunately, he may be well on his way to doing just that. According to some progressives, Democrats need to learn from Mr. Trump’s style of politics and name enemies, draw harder […]

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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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All Presidents Are Deporters in Chief

Every person who assumes the title of president of the United States also takes on the role of deporter in chief. That’s because the office comes with the responsibility to enforce the nation’s laws — laws that require that the borders be secure and that some of the people who aren’t legally authorized to live […]

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One Candidate In, One Candidate Out: This Week in the 2020 Race

Every Saturday morning, we’re publishing “This Week in the 2020 Race”: a quick way to catch up on the presidential campaign and the field of 24 candidates for the Democratic nomination. Here’s our latest edition: One candidate walks out, one candidate walks in Three months to the day after he announced his presidential campaign, saying […]

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Can Dante de Blasio Save His Father’s Presidential Campaign?

It started out with a soft launch: a snippet of Dante de Blasio supposedly giving his father some tongue-in-cheek advice before he stepped on the presidential debate stage. It did not land particularly well. Then he published an op-ed he had written a few years earlier about his interactions with the police as a young […]

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Can a Woman Win the Presidency? Yes, She Can

To the Editor: Re “Six Female Candidates, One Unrelenting Refrain” (front page, July 4): Your article poses the question, “Do you really think a woman could be elected president?” In 2016 voters favored the woman candidate by more than three million votes. Women powered the Democratic success in the 2018 midterms, as candidates, campaign workers […]

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‘This Is Not a Find-a-Friend Contest’: Inside Bernie Sanders’s Resolute Campaign Style

WASHINGTON — When Senator Bernie Sanders brought his presidential campaign to Pittsburgh earlier this year, he quietly added a poignant stop to his schedule: a visit to the Tree of Life synagogue, where 11 congregants were killed in an anti-Semitic shooting last fall. But his appearance also came with explicit instructions to his campaign aides, […]

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