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Do Democrats win by moving left? Or is moderation the key to victory? | Geoffrey Kabaservice

The ideological battle for the heart of the Democratic party is far from over For Americans who would resist President Trumps re-election in 2020, the outcome hinges on the answer to this basic strategic question: will the Democrats risk losing to Trump by nominating a candidate whose ideas are too far to the left to appeal to the moderate majority of Americans? Or will Democrats risk losing to Trump by nominating a candidate whose ideas are insufficiently progressive to excite the Democratic base? This basic question of moderation v progressivism…

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Author Marianne Williamson on 2020 run: ‘The best thing I can do is be myself’

The self-help writer, who was the most Googled candidate following her debate performance, tells the Guardian she can win Marianne Williamson, until recently best known for her Oprah-endorsed self-help books, got less than five minutes airtime in the first round of Democratic presidential debates. But her contributions were memorable. Having instructed fellow candidates to get deeper than the superficial fixes, she referred to the prime minister of New Zealand as girlfriend and issued a challenge to Donald Trump. Looking into the camera, she said: Mr President, if youre listening, I…

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Ilhan Omar’s constituents ‘proud to stand by her’ over Trump’s racist words

The Democratic congresswoman received an angry, racist volley from Donald Trump which hardened her supporters resolve to defend her When Donald Trump began targeting Ilhan Omar and other progressive congresswomen of color with racist attacks, demanding they leave the country, Erica Mauter knew she had to counter his dangerous message. If [Trump] was going to let that message be the one that resounds and resonates from him, then if she was indeed coming back home to Minnesota, were going to welcome her, said Mauter, who lives in the states fifth…

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‘I am a fat woman’: Democrat candidates shock and surprise at Planned Parenthood forum (not really)

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund 2020 Election Membership Forum is being live-streamed on Facebook as we write this post, so there’s still plenty more to come, but the event does give a handful of the Democratic candidates an opportunity to out-do each other on “women’s reproductive rights.” By now you should know that we hate that “intersectionality” has become a thing; in case you’re new to the term, it’s an academic race to see who is most “marginalized.” For example, of course, a woman in America is oppressed by the…

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Max Boot makes a desperate fool of himself pretending to be a prominent conservative

Julian Zelizer wants to know if ‘prominent conservatives’ who have been throwing a tantrum about Trump for years now will have the cojones to not only vote for a Democrat but call on other conservatives to do the same. I’m curious about how many of the prominent conservatives who have been continually tweet raging about @realDonaldTrump are prepared to call on fellow Republicans to support, endorse, and vote for the Democratic nominee in 2020. — julianzelizer (@julianzelizer) June 16, 2019 We’ve seen plenty of jagoffs who used to be prominent…

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Doug Schoen can’t have a take on the Democrat Party because he goes on Fox News

Political analyst Doug Schoen wrote an editorial for The Hill laying out why Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s rise in the primary polls spells bad news for Democrats. “The rise of Elizabeth Warren spells bad news for the Democratic Party” https://t.co/Xk3N4k80Ng pic.twitter.com/FddFYTfH4A — The Hill (@thehill) June 16, 2019 Here is part of his reasoning: Simply put, this recent momentum from Warren spells bad news for the Democratic Party. The lawmaker from Massachusetts has centered her run around liberal big government policies that once only appealed to the left most fringes of…

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Democrats must just bring down Trump for the sake of the world | Robert Reich

We do not need 20 candidates having confusing fights over healthcare. We need urgent action to defeat a would-be tyrant Imagine an opposition political party in a land being taken over by an oligarchy, headed by a would-be tyrant. The tyrant and the oligarchy have convinced many voters the reason they feel powerless and economically insecure isnt because the oligarchy has taken most of the economic gains and overwhelmed the government with its money. Its because the country has been taken over by undocumented migrants, Latinos, African Americans and a…

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The Democrat Party debates have been split into 2 teams and you can color us confused about it all

In about a week the Democratic Party Presidential debates will kick off and there has been a bit of head-scratching as to what to do, given nearly two dozen prospective candidates have announced their desire to run for the highest office. While our suggestion of a gladiator battle has gone ignored, the solution has been to divide the field into two groups and hold separate debates on successive nights. The first 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate lineups are set. It’s scheduled for June 26 and 27 and here’s who will…

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The planet’s on fire but candidates’ climate crisis response remains tepid

The 10 candidates on stage in Miami accurately conveyed the urgency of global heating but missed chances to show how it underlies all key political issues Thursdays Democratic debate demonstrated just how far the the US is from contemplating the climate crisis as a threat that will touch almost all areas of American life and policymaking. Once again, debate moderators where the effects of climate change are already apparent, they missed multiple opportunities to press home how rising temperatures play into other political issues. Extreme heat and climate disasters threaten…

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Sanders dares Democrats to stop him but is he the man to beat Trump?

The socialist senator from Vermont and his supporters seem to have the upper hand over a party establishment worried hes too leftwing Raging against the machine has taken Bernie Sanders a long way. In 2016, his disdain for the establishment and the donor class gave progressives a near-perfect foil to Hillary Clinton, who was cast as the anointed Democratic candidate for president. Sanders was beaten in the primary but the senator and his allies clamored for and won changes to party rules they said were rigged. Now, the partys role…

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Enough Russia: after Mueller, it’s time for Democrats to focus on America | Cas Mudde

With this distraction finally out of the way, its time to deal with issues that the majority of the electorate actually cares about Finally, the moment has arrived. After almost two years of feverish speculation about what it might unearth, Robert Muellers special counsel investigation has come to a close. Based on what we know so far, the Mueller report is good news for the Republican party in general, and for Donald Trump in particular. But it is also good news for the country. The special counsel found no evidence…

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Not the billionaires: why small-dollar donors are Democrats new powerhouse

Bernie Sanders early fundraising haul with an average contribution of $27 has turbo-charged the competition in a shift from the traditional way to raise money For a significant stretch of the 2016 Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders political revolution thrived on donations that averaged $27, or twenty-seven dollahs, as the senator said so often during the campaign that it became a call-and-response and a crowded field. Small-dollar donors are going to be the most important constituency on the Democratic side, said Erin Hall, the executive director of ActBlue, an online fundraising…

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Mitch McConnell moves Senate closer to vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Final vote could come Saturday as majority leader takes next step, while lawmakers await results of FBI investigation As Capitol Hill braced on Wednesday for the results of an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Donald Trumps supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, moved the Senate closer to a vote on his nomination. The move by the Republican leader sets up a critical Friday that could determine whether Kavanaugh is seated on the supreme court. Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the…

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The Democratic party went awol in 2016 and is still missing | Cas Mudde

The party has no clear leader, no convincing analysis of why they lost the election, and no strategy to do better next time On 8 November 2016 Donald Trump won the US presidency. But it was also the day the Democratic party went awol. Almost two years later, the Democrats are still not to be found. They have no clear leader, or even leadership team, no convincing analysis of why they lost the election, and, consequently, no strategy to do better next time. In a July 2017 millennials. Now, before…

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