Tag: Presidential Election of 2020

Ady Barkan Won’t Let Dying Stop His Activism

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — First there was the viral video from an airplane, where he confronted former Senator Jeff Flake about the Republican tax bill. Then he was arrested, in his wheelchair, in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh. And in the past few […]

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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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The Socialist Plan to Radicalize Big Labor

A group of far-left activists huddled in the basement of a labor union in Manhattan, aiming to upend a Democratic institution that they felt had grown stale. The potential target was not an entrenched politician, or the local county party. It was a much closer ally: labor unions, including the one that was hosting the […]

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‘3 Musketeers’ or ‘3 Stooges’? Republicans Challenging Trump May Fall in Between

WASHINGTON — Mark Sanford, the former Republican governor of South Carolina who once brought squealing pigs into the State Capitol to make a point about pork barrel spending, is running against President Trump because of his failure to cut government waste. “He’s not delivering on what he said he was going to do, which is […]

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Visiting Wall, Trump Points to Barrier to Burnish His Campaign

OTAY MESA, Calif. — One thing President Trump loves about his job is signing his name. He relishes signing executive orders, letters to foreign leaders and even red Make America Great Again hats. But on Wednesday, he signed a wall. At the invitation of the team building his new barrier along the border, he affixed […]

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Most Latinos Don’t Back Trump. But Some Wear Their Support Proudly.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Some wore it proudly emblazoned across their chest: Latinos for Trump, though they would rarely use the ethnic term to describe themselves. A few forcefully emphasized that they were Hispanic, wielding it as if were a badge that proved they could not be racist, even as they said racism was a […]

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‘E for Effort’: Can Bernie Sanders Pass the South Carolina Test in 2020?

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Clutching a cup of tea to soothe his hoarsening voice, Senator Bernie Sanders took the stage at the College of Charleston this week with a familiar message for anyone who had been following him since 2015, inveighing against the economic system (“grossly unfair”), political system (“corrupt”) and health care system (“insanity”). But […]

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Does Elizabeth Warren Have a Critical Vulnerability?

ORLEANS, Mass. — I have voted two times for Elizabeth Warren to represent Massachusetts in the Senate. I would certainly vote for her for president over Donald Trump. But as the Democratic primary unfolds and she extends a steady rise in the polls, I keep coming back to a political vulnerability of which many followers […]

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Biden Managed to Work With McConnell. Many Democrats Weren’t Pleased.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader and self-described “grim reaper” of liberal legislative dreams, settled into a routine of sorts during Barack Obama’s second term whenever he felt he was cornered by Democrats. Mr. McConnell would rise from his chair in the Capitol, walk to his scheduler’s desk, smile a tight smile, and ask: “Can […]

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The Changing Shape of the Parties Is Changing Where They Get Their Money

Money is the mother’s milk of politics, as the old saying goes, and the slow motion realignment of our two major political parties has changed who raises more money from the rich and who raises more from small donors. A pair of major developments give us a hint about how future trends will develop on […]

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The Abortion Mysticism of Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., has made his Christian piety a minor theme of his presidential campaign — quoting Proverbs on the debate stage to critique Republican opposition to a minimum-wage increase, attacking conservative evangelicals over their “porn star presidency” and un-biblical approach to refugees, urging his party to court religious voters […]

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From Warren and Trump, Two Versions of Corruption

Senator Elizabeth Warren stood beneath a marble arch in New York City, telling a crowd of thousands that she would lead a movement to purge the government of corruption. Not far from the site of a historic industrial disaster, Ms. Warren described Washington as utterly compromised by the influence of corporations and the extremely wealthy, […]

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Republicans Don’t Believe in Democracy

Item: Last week Republicans in the North Carolina House used the occasion of 9/11 to call a surprise vote, passing a budget bill with a supermajority to override the Democratic governor’s veto. They were able to do this only because most Democrats were absent, some of them attending commemorative events; the Democratic leader had advised […]

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Age Isn’t Hurting 2020 Democratic Leaders, to Rivals’ Chagrin

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is 76 years old and prone to sometimes-rambling monologues with antiquated references. But if his age and missteps are supposed to be liabilities, they haven’t helped rivals who have tried to use them to their advantage. Julián Castro, the former housing secretary, was the latest to […]

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Elizabeth Warren to Rally Supporters in Washington Square Park Tonight

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is set to bring her ascendant presidential campaign to New York City on Monday evening with a speech on corruption, one of the major themes of her bid for the White House. Ahead of the speech, Ms. Warren on Monday morning released a plan to fight corruption, which is based […]

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Democrats’ Afghan Strategy Sounds Familiar. It’s a Lot Like Trump’s.

For 18 years and four presidential elections, Democrats running for president have felt compelled to lay out comprehensive plans for the future of Afghanistan, vowing to never again let the country become a breeding ground for terrorists who could strike the United States as they did on Sept. 11, 2001. Now, the candidates are racing […]

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Working Families Party Endorses Elizabeth Warren

The Working Families Party, the labor-aligned progressive group whose electoral influence has grown since the 2016 election, has endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts for the Democratic presidential nomination, a boon to her candidacy as she attempts to position herself as the main challenger to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. The party endorsed […]

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Biden Has Deep Connection to Black Voters. Will It Translate Into Votes?

BIRMINGHAM — At the Democratic primary debate last week, Joseph R. Biden Jr. prompted some distress within the party with a rambling, discordant answer to a question about the legacy of slavery, a moment that highlighted his unsteady instincts, and mixed record, on matters of race. Three days later, a heavily African-American crowd gave Mr. […]

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