Tag: Presidential Election of 2020

A Historic V.P. Decision

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher Joseph R. Biden Jr. picked Senator Kamala Harris of California as his running mate, making her the first Black woman and the first Asian-American woman to run for vice president on a major party’s ticket. Alexander Burns, […]

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Why Kamala Harris Matters to Me

When I arrived in the United States in 1984, an Indian graduate student wanting to study African-American history, I was an anomaly. Most of my fellow South Asians were in STEM doctoral programs. During the Reagan years, I supported the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition and the Democratic Socialists of America in their attempt to […]

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In Kamala Harris, a Choice at Once Safe and Energizing

WASHINGTON — In naming Kamala Harris as his running mate, Joseph R. Biden Jr. made a groundbreaking decision, picking a woman of color to be vice president and, possibly, a successor in the White House someday. Yet in some ways, Mr. Biden made a conventional choice: elevating a senator who brings generational and coastal balance […]

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The Kamala Harris Pick: Geographic Balance Takes Back Seat to Gender, Race

The selection of Kamala Harris as the Democratic nominee for vice president — a senator from perhaps the most solidly Democratic state in the union — marks the latest evidence that gender and race have now surpassed geographic balance when it comes to building a ticket for the White House. By selecting the junior senator […]

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Kamala Harris on the Issues: Race, Policing, Health Care and Education

In selecting Senator Kamala Harris of California to be his running mate, Joseph R. Biden Jr. opted for a partner who has occupied a similar space in the center-left of the ideological spectrum — someone with whom he can most likely agree on many matters of policy. Amid a field of more than 20 candidates […]

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A New Clash Over Mail Voting: The Cost of the Postage

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s highest-ranking Democrat assailed the Postal Service on Tuesday for what he said was an effort to jack up the cost to states of mail-in voting, a new line of criticism in the escalating dispute over ensuring Americans can vote safely this fall in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Senator Chuck […]

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Trump v. Putin: A Vaccine Manhood Contest

American scientists hope this is one time that President Trump really does believe it is all just a Russian hoax. As President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia triumphantly declared on Tuesday that his country had produced the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, public health experts in the United States worried that Mr. Trump would feel compelled […]

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Black Women Have Been Waiting for Kamala Harris Far Too Long

Former Vice President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he had chosen Senator Kamala Harris of California to be his running mate. This does not come as a total surprise. Mr. Biden pledged during the primaries that he would select a woman for this position. Yet the significance of this decision and its meaning for […]

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Kamala Harris Is the Future, So Mike Pence May Well Be History

Already, I am dreaming of the debate. There’s Mike Pence, white of hair as well as cheek, his demeanor more starched than his dress shirt, his smile so tight it’s the twin of a grimace. He represents more than the Trump administration, God help him. He represents an America that’s half memory, half myth. And […]

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What to Know About Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s V.P. Choice

Senator Kamala Harris of California, whom Joseph R. Biden Jr. chose on Tuesday as his running mate, will be the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party. A pragmatic moderate and one of Mr. Biden’s former rivals in the presidential race, Ms. […]

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Kamala Harris, Biden’s V.P. Pick, Is First Woman of Color on Major Party Ticket

Joseph R. Biden Jr. selected Senator Kamala Harris of California as his vice-presidential running mate on Tuesday, embracing a former rival who sharply criticized him in the Democratic primaries but emerged after ending her campaign as a vocal supporter of Mr. Biden and a prominent advocate of racial-justice legislation after the death of George Floyd […]

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A Look at Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s V.P. Choice

Senator Kamala Harris of California will be the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party. A pragmatic moderate and one of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s former rivals in the presidential race, Ms. Harris was a barrier-breaking prosecutor before being elected to the […]

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Who Holds the Key to a New America?

Republicans and Democrats largely ignore poor people because they do not expect them to vote at the same levels as their higher-income neighbors. But 2020 could change that. In the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, campaigns that court low-income nonvoters by focusing on issues like expanding Medicare and raising wages […]

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What Kamala Harris Believes

LOS ANGELES — At her strongest, Senator Kamala Harris is forceful and pragmatic. She elates crowds in Iowa and South Carolina with her denunciations of President Trump, and spells out her policy agenda — on matters like restricting gun sales, reducing prescription drug prices and giving tax benefits to renters — in precise terms. Then […]

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What Is Your Advice for Kamala Harris?

Former Vice President Joe Biden has finally announced his choice of a running mate: Senator Kamala Harris of California. What advice would you give her for the campaign — and beyond, if the ticket is elected? Please submit no more than 150 words. We plan to publish a sampling later. Email: letters@nytimes.com Include your name, […]

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Kamala Harris Is Biden’s Choice for Vice President

Joseph R. Biden Jr. selected Senator Kamala Harris of California as his vice-presidential running mate on Tuesday, embracing a former rival who sharply criticized him in the Democratic primaries but emerged after ending her campaign as a vocal supporter of Mr. Biden and a prominent advocate of racial-justice legislation after the death of George Floyd […]

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Trump’s Push to Cut Payroll Taxes Opens a Democratic Line of Attack

WASHINGTON — When President Trump announced that he was unilaterally deferring payroll taxes to bring economic relief to struggling Americans, he and his aides thought it would allow them to frame him as pro-worker. But the move comes with political risks. Eliminating the payroll tax could jeopardize the funding stream for Social Security, which is […]

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After George Floyd Protests, Democratic Voter Registration Surges

In the nationwide protests after the killing of George Floyd in police custody, Democratic leaders held out hope that the sweeping calls for racial justice and structural change would have a decidedly conventional side effect: more people would be motivated to vote in the fall. Activists holding voter registration clipboards became commonplace at protests. Now, […]

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Vote Counts Change. Please Don’t Panic.

Imagine a parallel universe in which the sitting president cares about holding a free and democratic election in the midst of a pandemic. Imagine that his administration is staffed with competent, incorruptible officials who devote every waking hour to stopping the virus, saving lives, rebuilding the economy and preserving democracy. Imagine that the Postal Service […]

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A Bible Burning, a Russian News Agency and a Story Too Good to Check Out

WASHINGTON — For some of President Trump’s loudest cheerleaders, it was a story too good to check out: Black Lives Matters protesters in Portland, Ore., had burned a stack of Bibles, and then topped off the fire with American flags. There was even a video to prove it. The story was a near-perfect fit for […]

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How the Democrats Are Lining Up Their Convention Speakers

The Democratic National Convention will play out like a star-studded Zoom call next week, anchored by nightly prime-time keynote speeches, with Michelle Obama on Monday, Jill Biden on Tuesday, Barack Obama on Wednesday, and Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s acceptance speech on Thursday, according to a schedule of events. The convention, originally planned for Milwaukee, then […]

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The Revolt of the Republican Strategists

Last week I found myself reading “It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump,” the new book by Stuart Stevens, the longtime Republican operative and chief strategist for Mitt Romney’s losing 2012 campaign for the presidency. Stevens belongs to one of the notable sects in the church of NeverTrump, consisting of […]

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How to Foil Trump’s Election Night Strategy

There’s no mystery about what President Trump intends to do if he holds a lead on election night in November. He’s practically broadcasting it. First, he’ll claim victory. Then, having spent most of the year denouncing vote-by-mail as corrupt, fraudulent and prone to abuse, he’ll demand that authorities stop counting mail-in and absentee ballots. He’ll […]

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Trump Teases a Gettysburg Convention Speech. Experts Say It’s an Ethics Breach.

After repeatedly throwing a wrench into plans for the Republican National Convention this summer, President Trump on Monday tried to offer something tantalizing about the upcoming gathering, saying that his renomination speech would take place either at the White House or the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pa. “We will announce the decision soon!” Mr. […]

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Biden’s V.P. Pick Is Said to Be Imminent

WILMINGTON, Del. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. has told allies that he has interviewed every finalist in his vice-presidential search, and his advisers are planning an announcement for the middle of the week, people briefed on the selection process said on Monday. In a sign that the choice is now in Mr. Biden’s hands alone, […]

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Trump Sends In the Economic Quacks

As the U.S. economy careens toward disaster, congressional talks about what to do appear to have ground to a halt. So on Saturday President Trump — speaking at one of his golf courses, of course — announced four executive measures that, he claimed, would rescue the recovery. Unfortunately, one of the measures was vacuous, one […]

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Michigan Democrats Hesitate on Whitmer as V.P.: ‘Selfishly, We Need Her Here’

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. — With Joseph R. Biden Jr. expected to announce his choice of running mate in the coming days, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan has suddenly joined the pack of leading contenders in the home stretch — a turn that has some Democrats in the state excited, but has left others concerned about […]

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2020 Election Live Updates: Democratic Convention to Feature Obamas and Clintons

Here’s what you need to know: ImageHillary Clinton will speak at the Democratic convention next week.Credit…Monica Schipper/Getty Images Democratic convention speakers will include the Clintons and Obamas, along with Sanders and Kasich. Hillary Clinton will deliver a prime-time speech next Wednesday for the Democratic National Convention, part of a preliminary lineup of speakers for the […]

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Joe Biden’s Links to Wall Street, Silicon Valley

Want this delivered to your inbox each day? Sign up here. Biden gets Wall Street’s money and Silicon Valley’s advice The wallets of Wall Street are with Joe Biden, if not the hearts, report The Times’s Kate Kelly, Shane Goldmacher and Thomas Kaplan. The millions of dollars that financiers donated to the Democratic presidential candidate’s […]

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Never a Dull Moment in Trump World

Gail Collins: Bret, did you listen to the president’s weekend address? The one he gave to an audience composed of members at his private golf club? The part where he said Democrats don’t love the country? For a long time now I think I’ve gone past the ability to be shocked by his run-of-the-mill rants, […]

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