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Investors Rush to Scrub Ties to Firm Behind Iowa Clusterf*ck

Hours after a debacle that marred Mondays Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses, investors in a company hired to tabulate votes through a new mobile app worked to distance themselves from the company at the center of the chaos, scrubbing digital trails publicly connecting them to the firm. The chaos in Iowa on Monday evening put a microscope on one of Democratic Partys youngest and fastest-rising digital stars, Tara McGowan, prompting blog post announcing the groups investment. McGowan herself had said that ACRONYM had ACRONYMs website boasted that it had launched Shadow.…

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Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden Face Off in Democratic Battle for Iran Dove Cred

On the surface, the Democrats sounded more or less like one another when they denouncedDonald Trumps hit on Qassem Soleimani. But there were some subtle differences that they didnt get into on cable news. Theyre revealing, and they reflect the differences in the party on questions of war and peace and fighting terrorism, with Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders representing the two tent polesat a moment when Sanders has started to attack Biden for the first time more generally. The poles arent hawk and dove. Thats too simplistic. Hardly anyone…

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Warren and Biden Skirmish Over U.S. Troops in Middle East

Pull all U.S. combat troops from the Middle East, every last one of them. That was the positionVice President Joe Biden. For the first time in a series of debates for the 2020 presidential election moderators focused the first thirty minutes of Tuesday nights event on how candidates would fare as commander in chief specifically how theyd handle the growing threat of Iran in the Middle East and if they would choose to withdraw troops from the region. The debate comes just two weeks after President Donald Trump chose to…

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Bidens Plan to Take Down Warren: Have Mayor Pete Do It

Since white college-educated reporters question about whether he unintentionally set the mayor up for success by providing a blueprint for a moderate health-care plan, which features similar contours to his own, Biden key areas comes with Warrens decline. It would seem odd for the [former] vice president to be attacking Pete Buttigieg right now, Yang said. The South Bend mayors ascent in Iowa is more alarming for Team Biden when contrasted with Warrens numbers in the state, where she has been considered a frontrunner for months after investing vast resources…

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Ukraine to review legal cases amid Trump claims over Bidens

Ruslan Ryaboshapka distances audit from US presidents call for investigation into Biden ties Ukraines highest prosecutor has said he is holding a broad review of investigations closed under his predecessors, including more than a dozen linked to the Ukrainian energy company where Joe Bidens son served on the board of directors. The general prosecutor, Ruslan Ryaboshapka, said the review was part of Ukraines reform process as investigative powers are handed over to another government agency by the middle of next month. Q&A What is the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower scandal? Show Hide…

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Giuliani This Morning: Ukraine Transcript Was Read to Me, Maybe President of Ukraine Brought Up Biden First

President Donald Trumps personal attorney Rudy Giuliani continued on his non-stop television tour Wednesday to stick up for his client-in-chief on the growing Ukraine scandal. After telling Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Thursday night that no, he didnt have his own shadow Ukraine agenda, and in fact that

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Gaffe Parade or Not, Rank-and-File Democrats Will Keep Ridin With Biden

If Wednesday nights climate change town hall is any indication, Joe Biden could use some Windex for his glass jaw. But his supporters are perfectly willing to sweep up the pieces and write off his not-so-infrequent missteps. The former vice president has been a candidate for the highest office in the landofficially or unofficiallyfor all of my adult life. His affable, self-deprecating style is an attractive lure for voters who see him as the kind of candidate theyd most like to have over for Sunday dinner. Biden is equally at…

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Joe Bidens Less-Is-More Plan to Win the Primary

As he maintains his lead atop the Democratic primary, Joe Biden has leaned on a fairly simple strategy: sometimes less is more. The former vice presidents presidential campaign has, since its onset, done its own thing. As Bidens rivals crafted their launch strategies, the former vice president still hadnt publicly made up his mind about running. When the most press-averse contenders put themselves in front of reporters, Biden stayed largely under the fray. And as staffers fielded all sorts of candidate survey requests, the current Democratic frontrunners replies were often…

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Sean Hannity: Let Me Cry a River for Joe Bidens Family!

Fox News host Biden family members tried to family name. Theres no allegation, as far as I know… Hannity, meanwhile, brought up accusations that Biden used his power and influence as vice president to stop a Ukrainian investigation into his son Hunter and to help Hunter has said there is no evidence of wrongdoing by either of the Bidens and neither are under investigation.) You can blame him for that, too, and if his other family are getting special treatment, of course hes knowing whats going on, Hannity exclaimed. Well,…

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The Democrats Are Coming for Joe Biden. Can He Take the Hits?

Could Joe Biden lose it at Thursdays debate in Houston in a way that confirms hes too old, too old-fashioned, too tired, too get off my lawn for a party thats skewing young and moving left? Spoiler: Yes, and thats the anticipated plot of Thursdays debate. It will ostensibly be about health care, climate change, guns, gender issues, and education. But in reality all eyes will be on Biden to see if he can take a punch, or a dozen of them. Its not just Sen. Elizabeth Warren whos aiming…

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Dem polling firm finds African-American support for Biden INCREASED a net 18% after the debate

The Dem polling firm Democracy Corps is out with an overnight poll on last night’s debate and found that former Vice President Joe Biden’s overall favorability did fall 11 points from 81% to 72% after he got kneecapped by Sen. Kamala Harris on his past opposition to busing: Democracy Corps (a dem polling firm) has an interesting finding from their debate surveys. Biden went up slightly in favorability rating last night. BUT the percentage of people who would vote for him and consider voting for him went down 11 points…

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BACKFIRE in progress! NY Post front page ‘perfectly’ sums up hand-raising moment from #DemDebate2

Every Democrat on the stage at last night’s debate raised their hand when asked if their health care plans would fully cover people in the country illegally. Here’s how the New York Post summed it up: Friday’s NY Post cover on #DemDebate2: “Who wants to lose the election?” pic.twitter.com/JizEFdB0FD — David Caplan (@DavidCaplanNYC) June 28, 2019 Well played. LOL!!! — MISS KELLIE ANNE (@Kellie3333) June 28, 2019 What country do all those folks think they are hoping to be President of? All they talk about is what they will do…

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‘Swore he took care of that’! Joe Biden just admitted we were right about Obamacare all along

As Twitchy told you earlier, Joe Biden has promised that the first thing he’ll do when he’s president is raise taxes. But why stop there? He’s just getting started! Wait’ll you see what he’s got planned for health care: Lastly, I discussed how my health care plan will include access to a Medicare-like public option for anyone who wants it. — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 17, 2019 It will also include premium-free access to this public option for people who would otherwise qualify for Medicaid, but have been denied access…

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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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