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Elizabeth Warrens project is to remake capitalism. What can British politicians learn from her? | Will Hutton

Both Labour and the Lib Dems would do well to study her crusading manifesto For 40 years, western democracies have been gripped by the doctrine that unalloyed capitalism works. In 2019, the debate has moved on. Capitalism may rule the planet, but it plainly needs fixing. Disaffection is obvious and rising, variously behind the story of riots in campaign calling for Capitalism. Time for a reset, confident that few in the business world or economics profession will dare challenge the proposition. In August, overtaking him. Capitalism certainly needs a reset…

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Cory Booker may quit 2020 race by Tuesday despite ‘avalanche of support’

Democratic candidate says surge raised $1.5m of self-imposed fundraising goal of $1.7m by end of the month According to his own deadline, New Jersey senator Cory Booker has less than two days to save his presidential campaign. On Sunday he said an avalanche of support had brought him close to a self-imposed fundraising goal, but admitted he could be out of the race by Tuesday. Some minor candidates have dropped out but the field is still unwieldy. On Friday the Democratic National Committee announced last week that if he did…

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Why Trumps ‘maximum pressure’ foreign policy yields minimum results

The president is heading into 2020 with no major successes and looming crises so many expect him to attempt to reverse the trend with dramatic deals Donald Trump is heading into the 2020 elections with no clear-cut foreign policy successes, some dramatic failures and a string of looming crises around the world that could undermine his bid for re-election. For that reason, many expect the president to try to reverse the trend with dramatic interventions around the globe with uncertain outcomes which will make the next 16 months even more…

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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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Beto O’Rourke’s ancestors were slaveholders, records reveal

Exclusive: ORourke addresses family history and admits that he and his children are beneficiaries of slaveholding Democratic presidential candidate Beto ORourke recently delivered an impassioned speech while meeting with the Gullah-Geechee Nation, an organization of African Americans whose ancestors were enslaved on plantations from Florida to South Carolina. The speech in Beaufort followed one attendees question about whether ORourke supports Confederacy. In his writings and media interviews, however, ORourke has dealt only with kin who lived too late to have fought for the south in the American civil war, or…

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Faith and freedoms: why evangelicals profess unwavering love for Trump

The faithful have been ardent supporters who turn a blind eye to the presidents moral indiscretions in favor of agenda When Donald Trump took the stage last month at a mega-conference for the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the countrys largest organization of evangelical Christians, he was granted an extraordinary welcome by the groups chairman, Ralph Reed. We have had some great leaders, Reed said, to cheers. There has never been anyone who has defended us and fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J Trump. We have…

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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 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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Trump turns on Fox News over 2020 coverage: ‘What’s going on there?’

President criticized Fox News at a rally on Monday for giving Democrats airtime after candidate Pete Buttigieg appeared on the channel Anyone watching Donald Fox News. The rightwing cable network is a well-known Trump cheerleader. Literally: in November Fox News host Sean Hannity Pennsylvania. Someones going to have to explain the whole Fox deal to me. Some of the crowd booed, a sort of Pavlovian response to Trump criticizing something or someone. But others looked confused. Could Trump really be attacking Fox News? He was. Specifically it was the appearance…

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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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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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