Tag: Voting and Voters

Bernie’s Big Bet

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher The Obama coalition has become almost mythic within the Democratic Party for having united first-time voters, people of color and moderates to win the presidency in 2008. This year, Senator Bernie Sanders is betting that he can […]

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President Bernie Sanders

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. There have been two polls of Iowa Democrats released in the past week. Bernie Sanders led one of them. Joe Biden led the other — but that poll’s sample appeared to be light on several groups of […]

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Could Bernie Sanders Win It All?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Has Bernie Sanders been woefully underestimated? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss his rise in 2020 polling, his spat with his rival progressive Elizabeth Warren and whether Sanders has been given short […]

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To Beat Trump, Put Ideals Before Ideas

Democrats face a real dilemma: The current crop of their party’s presidential candidates are awash in plans and proposals, which in theory is a good thing, but this election will not be decided on that basis. Donald Trump has transformed the electorate into two camps, sycophants and dissidents, both passionate, both aimed like missiles at […]

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Leading Liberals Have a Public Fight Over Private Remark

DES MOINES — After nearly an hour, the question that progressives had been fearing finally arrived. Senator Bernie Sanders laughed. Senator Elizabeth Warren did not. “I didn’t say it,” Mr. Sanders insisted, with Ms. Warren turning his way, as he denied her explosive account that he told her privately in 2018 that a woman could […]

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Elizabeth Warren Is the Democrats’ Unity Candidate

Over the weekend, a minor conflict broke out between the presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, longtime friends who have, until now, seemed to operate under an unspoken nonaggression pact. It started when Politico reported on a script that Sanders volunteers had been given to persuade voters leaning toward other candidates. Warren backers, […]

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How and Why Our Editorial Board Endorses Political Candidates

In an effort to shed more light on how we work, The Times is running a series of short posts explaining some of our journalistic practices. Read more from this series here. How should you vote? It’s perhaps the most important civic decision you can make in an election year. Newspaper endorsements can help educate […]

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Taiwan’s Election is a Vote About China

ImageCredit…Ng Han Guan/Associated Press TAIPEI, Taiwan — Can China extend its control over Taiwan as it has over Hong Kong? Beijing certainly wants to, judging by its many and varied efforts to influence the course of Taiwan’s politics, but the people of Taiwan won’t let it, apparently. Taiwan’s presidential election on Saturday, which essentially pits […]

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Does Trump Have an Iran Strategy?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher A week after an American drone strike killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani of Iran and heightened tensions in the Middle East, does President Trump have a plan for what comes next? Mr. Trump’s decision […]

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Can Trump Make Foreign Policy a Democratic Campaign Issue?

President Trump’s assassination of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the head of Iran’s intelligence and security services, has pushed foreign policy to center stage in the Democratic primary race for president. Soon after the attack, former Vice President Joe Biden, the national front-runner, issued a statement charging that Mr. Trump had “tossed a stick of dynamite […]

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Awash in Disinformation Before Vote, Taiwan Points Finger at China

TAIPEI, Taiwan — At first glance, the bespectacled YouTuber railing against Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, just seems like a concerned citizen making an appeal to his fellow Taiwanese. He speaks Taiwanese-accented Mandarin, with the occasional phrase in Taiwanese dialect. His captions are written with the traditional Chinese characters used in Taiwan, not the simplified ones […]

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How Democrats Can Win Back Obama-Trump Defectors

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory, analysts fiercely debated the role of the approximately six million voters who supported President Barack Obama in 2012 but shifted their support to Mr. Trump in 2016. Democratic strategists also had to worry about their future behavior: Was 2016 a temporary blip or were these voters […]

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The Most Electable Democrat

If you’re like a lot of Democrats, you worry that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are too liberal — or at least that other voters think so. You’re also not buying the Pete Buttigieg hype. And you get nervous every time Joe Biden opens his mouth. So where are you supposed to find a comfortably […]

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Biden’s Republican V.P.?

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. About 70 percent of Americans identify themselves as either politically conservative or moderate, polls show. A large number of Americans also consistently say that they want politicians to work together in a bipartisan way. It’s true that […]

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The Presidential Nominating Process Is Absurd

Andrew Yang began his closing statement at the last Democratic debate with a charming bit of self-deprecation: “I know what you’re thinking, America. How am I still on this stage with them?” Yang has never been elected to any office. He is a businessman who has never run a major company. Even so, he is […]

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Joe Biden’s Appeal to the ‘Reasonable Republican Dad’ Vote

CRESTON, Iowa — The voters at campaign events for Joseph R. Biden Jr. here in Iowa and across the country aren’t just shopping for a candidate for themselves. As they jostle to take pictures with the former vice president and listen to him preach about national unity, they are often thinking about someone else— a […]

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The Tyranny of the 63 Million

When George W. Bush lost the popular vote to Al Gore in 2000 but became president anyway, he did so with almost 50.5 million votes. I didn’t know that number until I looked it up, because it would have been unimaginable for that president — even though he could be quite demagogic — to brandish […]

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Democrats Love Free College, Until You Offer Them More Options

Progressive policy ideas have dominated the early stages of the Democratic primary campaign. But as candidates gather in Los Angeles for another debate on Thursday evening, Democratic voters may be seeking more moderate options. Only one in four Democratic voters says they would favor eliminating private health insurance and replacing it with a government-run plan […]

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Impeachment Divides a Nation, a District and a Dinner Table

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Kathryn Whitaker’s support for impeaching President Trump makes sense in this relatively liberal corner of South Carolina: She is a Democrat and a candidate for the State Senate. “The president really put his personal interests and professional interests over the country’s,” said Ms. Whitaker, 37. “He was caught abusing his power.” […]

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Five Who Spread Hope in 2019

O.K., so Time magazine has Greta Thunberg. But many other individuals also changed the world for the better in 2019. Here, for a second year, is a list of five whose contributions Fixes wrote about. ImageScott O’Neill, director of the World Mosquito Program, with a cage of Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes in his Melbourne laboratory.Credit…Shaney Cameron Scott […]

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The U.K. Election Explained, in One Number

LONDON — The answer to Brexit, the Conservative Party’s election victory and everything in British politics is (with apologies to Douglas Adams) 336,038. That number is what you get when you divide the 3,696,423 total votes cast nationally for the Liberal Democrats party in last week’s election by the 11 seats the party actually won. […]

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Why White Iowans Want a Nominee Who Can Appeal to Nonwhite Voters

WASHINGTON, Iowa — They share awkward glances at events where nearly everyone looks like them. They take comfort in reminding one another that they propelled Barack Obama to the White House. They swear that their values and priorities are representative of more than a Corn Belt farm state. With less than two months until the […]

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