Tag: Democratic Party

Eager to Court Jews (and Fracture Democrats), Republicans Push Bills on Anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON — Democrats hoped to put their wrenching intraparty debate over anti-Semitism to rest when they passed a catchall antibigotry resolution in the House this month, but Senate Republicans, eager to court American Jews outraged by the rise of anti-Semitism, have other plans. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, is backing two new […]

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No Impeachment in View, but Democrats Push On With Investigations of Trump

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr’s summary on Sunday of the special counsel investigation keeps the impeachment of President Trump off the table, at least for now, but Democrats vowed to push forward with investigations into every aspect of the presidency and for access to the full report of the special counsel, Robert S. […]

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At Democratic Campaign Events, Mueller Report Is Not the Main Topic

RYE, N.H. — For Democratic presidential candidates on Saturday, it wasn’t quite campaigning as usual after the delivery of a long-awaited report from the special counsel roiled Washington over the weekend. But it was pretty close. At events across early primary states, voters asked about health care and school shootings and immigration. Questioners were far […]

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Don’t Make Health Care a Purity Test

We’re now in the silly season of the Democratic primary — a season that, I worry, may last all the way to the nomination. There are many honorable exceptions, but an awful lot of reporting seems to be third order — not about the candidates, let alone their policy proposals, but about pundits’ views about […]

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Biden Weighing Unique Steps to Reassure Voters Concerned About His Age

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., aware that concerns about his age could weigh on his candidacy if he runs for the White House, has discussed two steps that could reassure voters about electing a 78-year-old president next year. Mr. Biden and his top advisers are considering nodding to the rising next generation in […]

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The Democrats’ Complexity Problem

One bright area in these dark days of American politics has been a blossoming of bold and interesting progressive policy ideas, such as wealth taxes, postal banking (offering basic financial services to customers who might not otherwise have access to them) and breaking up the giants of the tech industry. In the spirit of fresh […]

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Bill de Blasio’s Embarrassing Quest for National Fame

It’s rare for The New York Post to understate a story in a headline, but late Sunday the tabloid posted a piece titled “De Blasio speaks to crowd of only 20 people in New Hampshire.” The reality was even bleaker. Of the 20 people, fourteen were on the panel being hosted by the New York City […]

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For Clues to Howard Schultz’s Leadership, Look Beyond Starbucks

SEATTLE — Howard Schultz faced a full-court press of troubles as 2006 began. That the Seattle SuperSonics were lousy, having their worst season in 20 years, was only the beginning. Though the Sonics were a storied N.B.A. franchise, with a league championship in 1979, attendance was down at their Seattle arena along with points scored […]

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Democrats’ Immigration Confusion

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The Democratic Party no longer has a clear policy on immigration. It used to, not so long ago. The party’s leaders knew what they favored and felt comfortable saying so. Their platform generally included: 1) a path […]

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Cory Booker Finds His Moment

How do you answer hatred? How should you respond when your political opponents assault you with insult, stereotype and contempt? That’s the moral question we all have to answer during this election campaign. Hatred has become the defining emotion of our political life. As my colleague Thomas B. Edsall reported last week, according to a […]

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Democrats Pledged to Lower Health Costs. They Just Haven’t Figured Out How.

WASHINGTON — No issue animated the Democrats’ 2018 congressional campaigns like health care and the promises to expand access to insurance and to lower costs. But as House Democrats sit down to draft their vision of governance in the coming weeks, lawmakers find themselves badly divided on the issue that delivered their majority. Centrists from […]

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What Democrats Need to Know to Win in Rural America

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — It’s caucus season here in Iowa, and Democratic presidential candidates are swarming the place like flies at a cattle barn. We’ve talked policy with Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand over beers, and watched Kamala Harris work the crowd at a bar in Indianola. We’ve been in what once would have been “smoke-filled rooms” […]

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In 2020 Field Full of Women, Some Men Signal They Will Pick a Female Vice President

With a record number of female candidates running for president, some male Democratic contenders are signaling that a woman will be on their 2020 ticket — just not at the top. Two male candidates, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, suggested this weekend that they would pick a […]

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Tech Firm in Steele Dossier May Have Been Used by Russian Spies

WASHINGTON — Aleksej Gubarev is a Russian technology entrepreneur who runs companies in Europe and the United States that provide cut-rate internet service. But he is best known for his appearance in 2016 in a dossier that purported to detail Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election — and the Trump campaign’s complicity. Mr. Gubarev’s […]

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Beto O’Rourke Enters the 2020 Presidential Campaign

[Sign up for our politics newsletter and join our conversation about the 2020 presidential race.] Beto O’Rourke, the 46-year-old former Texas congressman whose near-miss Senate run last year propelled him to Democratic stardom, announced his candidacy for president on Thursday, betting that voters will prize his message of national unity and generational change in a […]

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No Hate Left Behind

A recent survey asked Republicans and Democrats whether they agreed with the statement that members of the opposition party “are not just worse for politics — they are downright evil.” The answers, published in January in a paper, “Lethal Mass Partisanship,” were startling, but maybe they shouldn’t have been. Just […]

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Did the Clinton Impeachment Hurt Republicans?

The impeachment of Bill Clinton backfired on Republicans. It’s a sentiment repeated daily without question on cable news, in Congress and probably inside the White House. But exactly how did impeachment backfire? With two decades of hindsight, it’s not clear the Republicans faced any lasting consequences — a perspective that […]

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Antitrust Returns to American Politics

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s announcement on Friday of a plan to break up major tech monopolies like Facebook and Google was critically important — not just as a policy proposal, but also as a sign of the return of antitrust to politics. In the United States, economic policy is ostensibly a […]

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Bernie Sanders, Socialism’s Reagan?

From the beginning the presidency of Donald Trump has inspired analogies to the years of Jimmy Carter. Though personally the two men are ever so slightly different, they seem to occupy a similar space in the arc of political history — both outsiders who seized control of a divided, exhausted, […]

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