Tag: Primaries and Caucuses

Stop Sneering at Bill de Blasio

A common type of viral news story in our age of American decline involves school lunch debt. School employees have seized lunches from students whose parents fall behind on their bills and thrown them in the trash. Kids who owe lunch fees have been branded with stamps and markers and served inferior cold meals. Recently, […]

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Cut From the Debate? It Doesn’t Mean a Candidate Can’t Matter

ImageGov. Steve Bullock of Montana arriving at a recent campaign event in Des Moines. He did not make the cut for the first Democratic primary debate.CreditChristopher Smith for The New York Times When the Democratic National Committee set the lineup on Thursday for the first presidential debates, Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana didn’t make the […]

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How Donald Trump Has Perverted the Democratic Primary

For his unexpected surge in the nascent contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, Pete Buttigieg, 37, can thank his formidable intellect, his considerable poise and political instincts that have been close to flawless so far. But his greatest debt of gratitude goes to Donald Trump. Ask Buttigieg-besotted voters whether his youth gives them pause and […]

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Death to the Meritocracy with Andrew Yang

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Andrew Yang is an Ivy League-educated tech entrepreneur who’s never held political office. So why is he running for president — and what would he do if he won? This week on “The Argument,” […]

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How Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren Cracked the Code of the 2020 Race

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Pete Buttigieg ran through his stump speech (six minutes on generational change), tossed bean bags with activists (in front of as many cameras as Iowa voters), took seven questions from reporters (“How does it feel to be a rock star?”) and pounded out some blues on an electric keyboard (a Miles […]

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The Corn Is as High as Donald Trump’s Tie

Do you wish you were an Iowa voter? Imagine how exciting life would be right now. Each morning when you left the house, you’d have no idea how many Democratic candidates for president would try to shake your hand before sunset. Everybody wants to woo Iowans because they vote first. On Tuesday Joe Biden was […]

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Take the Iowa Caucuses. Please.

Last weekend, a drove of Democratic presidential hopefuls descended on Iowa for two days of voter contact. The lure was Sunday night’s Hall of Fame dinner in Cedar Rapids, where each of the 19 candidates was given five minutes to perform a monologue before Iowa’s Democratic Party elite. With an estimated 200 journalists and 1,500 […]

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Democrats Descend on Iowa for a Chance to Break Through

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren took selfies — with each other. Senator Bernie Sanders marched with striking fast-food workers. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., played the blues on an electric keyboard. And former Representative John Delaney brought a team of bagpipers. The Democratic Party gathering in Iowa on […]

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Biden’s First Run for President Was a Calamity. Some Missteps Still Resonate.

Joe Biden was riffing again — an R.F.K. anecdote, a word about “civil wrongs,” a meandering joke about the baseball commissioner — and aides knew enough to worry a little. “When I marched in the civil rights movement, I did not march with a 12-point program,” Mr. Biden thundered, testing his presidential message in February […]

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California Is Now an ‘Early Primary State.’ Democrats Are Grappling With How to Compete.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Senator Elizabeth Warren bounded onto stage before a crowd of more than 6,000 here — “the biggest one so far,” she announced excitedly — and stayed for nearly two extra hours, past 11 p.m., until everyone who wanted a picture with her had gotten one. At the same time on Friday night, […]

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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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The 2020 Race Is Testing Progressives’ Power. They’re Pushing Back.

Optimism filled the Prospect Park air as more than 100 supporters of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign gathered last week for an organizing event called “How to Be All In for Elizabeth.” But as dusk approached, the final “She Has a Plan” button was handed out, and the crowd of mostly millennial Brooklynites began to […]

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Four Years After Beau Biden’s Death, His Father Bonds With Voters in Pain

PHILADELPHIA — Joseph R. Biden Jr. has a habit of bringing people to tears. For Teri Inverso, a Pennsylvania voter attending Mr. Biden’s Philadelphia rally this month, the moment came as she talked about her late parents and recalled how the former vice president coped with the death of his son Beau. For Lisa Gatto, […]

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Elizabeth Warren Gains Ground in 2020 Field, One Plan at a Time

NEWTON, Iowa — To the crowd of Iowans gathered in a school gym on Saturday night, Senator Elizabeth Warren made a request: They should pose a question to the other presidential candidates who come to Iowa seeking their vote. “Ask them: Where do you get your money?” she said. “Are you getting it from a […]

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With the 2020 Democratic Field Set, Candidates Begin the Races Within the Race

NEWTON, Iowa — Joseph R. Biden Jr. has built an early lead in the month since he entered the presidential campaign, confidently projecting himself as the Democratic front-runner and the candidate best positioned to defeat President Trump. But beneath the surface of a seemingly placid race is a much more volatile contest, as a series […]

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