Tag: Pressley, Ayanna

Democrats Should Favor Voters, Not Corrupt Special Interests

Over the next few months, candidates across the country will file papers so they can run for Congress. But we’ll never know how many talented women and people of color sit out, discouraged by a rule the House Democrats imposed in March that prohibits anyone working to oust an incumbent from doing business with the […]

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Day After Debate, Biden and Warren Face Protesters at Events

GREENWOOD, S.C. — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and an immigrants’ rights activist on Thursday engaged in an unusually extended clash over Obama-era deportation policies in an exchange that turned sharply confrontational. For more than six minutes in a palpably tense gym here during a town hall-style event at Lander University, Mr. Biden […]

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Congratulations, You’re a Congresswoman. Now What?

There are not many people whom @RepSpanberger lets boss her around, but one of them, somehow, is Lois Frankel, a 71-year-old, 5-foot-3 four-term congresswoman from Florida who has a way of waving away protestations with a brisk, cheerful air, somewhere between “Don’t be ridiculous” and “This’ll be great.” Last fall, it was Frankel who told […]

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Ayanna Pressley Endorses Elizabeth Warren for President

Representative Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts, the only member of the group of progressive first-term congresswomen nicknamed “the squad” who had not yet backed a Democratic presidential candidate, has endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a longtime ally. Ms. Pressley announced her decision in an email to supporters Wednesday afternoon, and released a corresponding video […]

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Boston, Long Led by White Men, Votes in New Guard

BOSTON — When Michelle Wu first ran for Boston’s City Council, she made get-to-know-you appointments with a series of political rainmakers, and found that their questions took on a familiar pattern. Where did you grow up? What neighborhood? What neighborhood were your parents from? It took a while for Ms. Wu, the daughter of Taiwanese […]

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Can We Trust Facebook to Run a Bank?

ImageCredit…Illustration by Nicholas Konrad; photographs by Pete Marovich for The New York Times, Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times, and Eric Thayer for The New York Times This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. Facebook could hardly help drawing the world’s jaundiced eye when […]

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A Kennedy-Markey Primary? Massachusetts Is Jolted

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Sitting on a plastic chair in a high school music room, far from the marble corridors of Washington he has prowled for nearly 43 years as a congressman and senator, Edward J. Markey was clearly not looking to pick a fight with the Kennedy family. At least not yet. Mr. Markey praised […]

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Birtherism. Liberal Pelosi. Now ‘The Squad’ Is the New Villain for the Right.

WASHINGTON — When Mark Sanford was running for a South Carolina House seat in 2013 and wanted to make a point about the brand of liberalism he would fight in Washington, he staged a mock debate with a life-size picture of Nancy Pelosi, which his campaign staff had custom made at a local copy shop. […]

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‘The Squad’ Rankles but Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez Make Peace for Now

WASHINGTON — Six days after Democrats swept to power in the House, a quartet of newly elected women of color met in Washington for the first time. Somebody snapped a picture and one of them — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — posted it on Instagram. Like the millennial that she is, she tagged it with a flip […]

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At Trump Rally, Chants of ‘Send Her Back’ as President Attacks Liberals

GREENVILLE, N.C. — President Trump road-tested his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen on Wednesday, casting them as avatars of anti-American radicalism and reiterating his call for them to leave the country, as a raucous crowd chanted, “Send her back! Send her back!” The performance here was a preview of a slash-and-burn re-election strategy that depicts […]

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Will Trump’s Racism Sink the G.O.P.?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Most Republicans met President Trump’s racist tweets about four Democratic congresswomen of color with silence, mild rebuke or whataboutism. This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate whether the Grand Old Party has fully […]

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At North Carolina Rally, Trump Bets on Divisive Attacks as Way to Bolster Re-election Bid

GREENVILLE, N.C. — President Trump road-tested his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen on Wednesday, casting them as avatars of anti-American radicalism and reiterating his call for them to leave the country, in a preview of a slash-and-burn re-election strategy that depicts Mr. Trump as a bulwark against a “dangerous, militant hard left.” “These left-wing ideologues […]

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How Not to Insult Donald Trump

Maybe we should stop talking about Donald Trump being a racist. He seems to love the idea too much. “I think I’m winning,” he told reporters as he left for a rally on Wednesday. As the whole world now knows, the president was widely denounced for saying a quartet of young minority congresswomen, known as […]

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Trump Sets the 2020 Tone: Like 2016, Only This Time ‘the Squad’ Is Here

WASHINGTON — With three days of attacks on four liberal, minority freshman congresswomen, President Trump and the Republicans have sent the clearest signal yet that their approach to 2020 will be a racially divisive reprise of the strategy that helped Mr. Trump narrowly capture the White House in 2016. It is the kind of fight […]

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Trump and ‘the Squad’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher In a second day of attacks, President Trump said that four Democratic congresswomen hated the United States and were free to leave the country. The lawmakers — Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of […]

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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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How Do You Not Give Donald Trump What He Wants?

President Trump is at it again. The president’s Twitter fit on Sunday, instructing four Democratic congresswomen of color — Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — to “go back” to their home countries, was as wearisome as it was repellent. Distraction by […]

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What Pelosi Versus the Squad Really Means

What’s at stake in the struggle between Nancy Pelosi and the four progressive House members known as the squad? Partly it’s just the perpetual conflict between younger members who want change fast and older members who say you have to deal with political reality. But deep down it’s a conflict of worldviews. No matter how […]

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Trump’s Tweet Was Condemned as Racist. His Response: No, They’re the Racists.

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday increased his attacks on four first-term Democratic congresswomen and warned the party about uniting “around the foul language & racist hatred spewed” from the American women whom he recently told to “go back” to their own countries. Instead of walking back his remarks, Mr. Trump demanded that the four […]

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Trump Accuses 4 Democratic Congresswomen of Spewing ‘Racist Hatred’

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday increased his attacks on four freshman Democratic congresswomen and warned the party about uniting “around the foul language & racist hatred spewed” from the four American women whom he recently told to “go back” to their own countries. Fellow Republicans have been reluctant to publicly respond to Mr. Trump’s […]

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Trump Tells Freshman Congresswomen to ‘Go Back’ to the Countries They Came From

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Sunday weighed in on the friction between a group of four freshman Democratic congresswomen and Speaker Nancy Pelosi: He suggested that the congresswomen — none of whom are white — should “go back and help fix” the countries they came from. His message was immediately seized upon by Democrats, who […]

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Insurgent Democrats, Many of Them Women, Worry a New Party Policy Will Block Them

WASHINGTON — A move by House Democratic leaders to thwart party members from mounting primary challenges to incumbents, even in safe Democratic districts, could have the unintended consequence of arresting the party’s shift toward a more female and racially diverse caucus, one of its most striking achievements of the last election. This past week, a […]

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