Sanders: It's 'not good enough' just to defeat Trump in 2020

Sanders: It's 'not Good Enough' Just To Defeat Trump In 2020

The Democratic presidential candidate hit back against Joe Biden's claims that he is best positioned to defeat the president next fall.

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Elizabeth Warren is right: Fox News is a hate machine Democrats should avoid

Elizabeth Warren Is Right: Fox News Is A Hate Machine Democrats Should Avoid

Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar did Fox News town halls. Warren has refused -- and she's right, for many reasons

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Bennet says Trump 'committed impeachable offenses'

Bennet Says Trump 'committed Impeachable Offenses'

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Col.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, on Sunday said he believes President Trump has "committed impeachable offenses" but declined to call for impeachment proceedings to begin.

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Sanders voices support for voting to hold Barr in contempt

Sanders Voices Support For Voting To Hold Barr In Contempt

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said at a campaign stop in Iowa on Saturday that he would vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt if he were in the House.

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Stevens County man accused of posing as Mexican drug cartel to extort members of his own right-wing militia

Stevens County Man Accused Of Posing As Mexican Drug Cartel To Extort Members Of His Own Right-wing Militia

A nationwide arrest warrant has been issued for a onetime Stevens County sheriff's candidate who allegedly tried to extort members of his right-wing militia group by posing as a Mexican drug cartel and faking his wife's kidnapping.

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Elizabeth Warren is the best candidate for president. Why isn’t she higher in the polls?

Elizabeth Warren Is The Best Candidate For President. Why Isn't She Higher In The Polls?

Elizabeth Warren began the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination as one of the nominal favourites. As Vox's Ezra Klein points out, she is the only 2020 candidate with the experience of setting up a regulatory agency from scratch. Her experience - as an academic heavyweight, in the Senate, and as an advocate for consumer rights and corporate accountability - means she is not just one of the foremost experts in America's economic problems: she is also uniquely placed to offer solutions as well. And she's offering them in spades. Warren has released far more in the way of detailed policy proposals and ideas than any of her primary competitors. She is also one of the gutsiest candidates in the field. She was one of the first - along with former housing and urban development secretary Julian Castro - to take a strong line on impeachment following the release of the damning Mueller report last week, a stand many in the Democratic field have been unwilling to take. Last year she introduced a strong anti-corruption bill in the Senate, aimed at curbing some of the Trump administration's worst abuses of power. She has rejected money from Political Action Committees (PACs) - so-called "dark money." If this were a job interview, as opposed to a deeply flawed state-by-state popularity contest, she would be streets ahead of the competition. But it is starting to seem like the Democratic primary is snubbing Warren even as her opponents copy all of her policy homework. In the latest polls, despite the fact that this cycle's Democratic field boasts more highly qualified female candidates than any previous presidential primary in history - Warren, as well as California senator Kamala Harris, New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar - the top three candidates are all white men: former vice-president Joe Biden, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, and South Bend mayor (and viral sensation) Pete Buttigieg. None of them can boast anything even close to the sheer weight of policy proposals Warren has set forward. She recently told a CNN town hall event that "if we put a 2 per cent tax on the wealthiest families in the country, we can provide universal Pre-K, universal free college, knock back student loan debt for 95 per cent of Americans - and still have a trillion dollars leftover". It's not just a good soundbite: her education plan - published in full - is incredibly detailed. In similarly meticulous fashion, she has laid out a plan for breaking up Silicon Valley's behemoth tech monopolies. She has a plan for universal childcare. For affordable housing. For environmental protection. For electoral reform. Along with Sanders, she has been calling for radical reforms to America's healthcare system since way before it was cool, but unlike Sanders she has also shown that she recognises the complexities of such reform: she is pro-Medicare-for-all style policies, but also has introduced legislation to iron out some of the flaws in the Affordable Care Act, too. Warren is the real deal. The problem is that being a detail-obsessed policy wonk doesn't make Warren an exciting media story. Many of her opponents are running based on who they are - as opposed to what policies they would enact. Buttigieg, for example, who is currently enjoying a spectacular surge in the polls, recently said that the policy section of his website would "pull video on what [he's] said on a particular issue". An interview in Vanity Fair with former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke - another Democratic contender who started the race with a lot of buzz - contained the deeply insubstantial rationale for running for president that O'Rourke felt he was "born to be in it". Candidates like Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, too, have tended to lean on platitudes about unity rather than an in-depth proposed legislative agenda. Even in the 2020 Democratic field, Warren's presidential CV is unsurpassed. Before she became senator for Massachusetts, she was a prominent Harvard professor focusing on bankruptcy law. In November 2008, following the financial crash, she was appointed to the board overseeing the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. She was key to the creation in 2011 by the Obama administration of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CPFB), and only lost out on being its first chair because her politics were considered too progressive at the time. But (and this is true of Sanders as well) the Democratic Party has swung left towards Warren's politics. She is radical, but also practical. Her in-depth policy proposals, as well as the legislation she has proposed in the Senate, add up to what is by far the most detailed vision for how to fix America's broken institutions. The right are already worried by the ideas she has outlined. A column in the right-wing Washington Examiner criticised her policy of student debt forgiveness on the preposterous basis that cancelling the debt would be a "slap in the face" to those who had already paid off their loans. (The columnist was widely mocked; one Twitter user pointed out that this was like saying "antibiotics are a slap in the face to all the people who died of plague.") Some of the attacks she has faced have been more damaging. Trump has targeted Warren repeatedly over the allegation that she listed her ancestry as "Native American" on some university documents. The president seized on the story, which was pushed by right-wing partisan media outlets, and took to calling Warren "Pocahontas". The line of attack is both unfair - the story has been largely debunked, though some confusion remains - and racist. But it is also true that Warren has made some unforced tactical errors in the way she fought back, and in February she was forced to apologise to Native American leaders after an incredibly ill-advised attempt to put an end to the story by publicly taking a DNA test. That slip-up, however, must be seen in context. Warren was under sustained public attack from the president - a sign, perhaps, that he would rather she not be the Democratic candidate he has to face - and, sure, she made a mistake. But she is being judged in the media by a vicious double-standard. Compared to the ongoing furore over Joe Biden's habit of being just-a-bit-too-tactile with women he meets, or the lingering allegations of misogyny that dog Sanders from his 2016 campaign, Warren's slip-up wasn't a huge deal. But, like Hillary Clinton before her, Warren - and the other female candidates - are forced to compete in a kind of invisible "likeability" primary, which male candidates just don't have to face. This isn't new: a 2010 Harvard study found that female candidates perceived as seeking power caused "feelings of moral outrage (ie contempt, anger, and/or disgust) towards them". Some of this is the fault of the media, which seems to be repeating these (often subconscious) sexist mistakes it made in coverage of Clinton's 2016 campaign. In January, in an article that was telling for the trope fundamental to its premise even though it framed it as a question, Politico asked: "How does Elizabeth Warren avoid a Clinton redux - written off as too unlikable before her campaign gets off the ground?" The article puts the question of Warren's purported "coldness" to a variety of her associates, all of whom expressed little but bafflement. Still, it spread. The New York Post called her "stern, abrasive and unfriendly". No publication is applying the same paradigm to her male rivals - not even the famously irascible Sanders. But it's not just the likeability index. The media, especially in the internet age, isn't geared properly to cover a campaign based around detailed policy proposals. Modern campaign coverage is much more based around moments - O'Rouke jumping on an Iowa countertop; Buttigieg responding to a reporter from Oslo in fluent Norwegian. The problem isn't just institutionalised sexism, it's that the whole media ecosystem rewards shallow showboating and punishes thoughtful complexity. It is often written, as if it would be some kind of consolation prize, that, even though her campaign is struggling to break free of the middle of the field polling-wise, Warren's policy platform is so far ahead of anyone else in terms of detail that it will likely form the basic platform for whoever wins the primary in the end. That, perhaps, is legacy enough. But the image of that - her ideas, her policies repackaged and presented by someone else (if current polling is an indicator, someone male) just because the media portrays them as more "likeable" - should make us uncomfortable. Let's be honest: Warren has a really good claim to be the best candidate for the job. The whole campaign will be better - the whole country will be better - if we can somehow find a way to treat the primary as a competition of ideas, instead of personalities.

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Bernie Sanders boosted by Fox News town hall broadcast

Bernie Sanders Boosted By Fox News Town Hall Broadcast - Live

The 2020 presidential candidate showed his brand of democratic socialism could have traction in Trump country

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Kamala Harris releases 15 years of tax returns, more than any other 2020 candidate

Kamala Harris Releases 15 Years Of Tax Returns, More Than Any Other 2020 Candidate

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Sunday released 15 years of her personal tax returns, more than any other 2020 presidential candidate.

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Buttigieg blasts 'hypocrisy' of evangelicals for supporting Trump

Buttigieg Blasts 'hypocrisy' Of Evangelicals For Supporting Trump

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and likely 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, on Sunday criticized what he called "hypocrisy" among evangelical Christians who support President Trump.

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Pete Buttigieg likes Green New Deal, and nuclear

Pete Buttigieg Likes Green New Deal, And Nuclear

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a Democratic candidate for president, joined Boston Herald Radio's "Morning Meeting" program to talk about his run.

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Almost 70 percent of Americans OK with gay presidential candidate, poll finds

Almost 70 Percent Of Americans OK With Gay Presidential Candidate

This marks a big shift since 2006, when 53 percent said they'd be "very uncomfortable" or have "reservations" about a gay or lesbian candidate.

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Bernie Sanders vows to cut prescription drug prices by half if he's elected

Bernie Sanders Vows To Cut Prescription Drug Prices By Half If He's Elected

The self-described Democratic socialist and 2020 presidential candidate did not outline a concrete plan to achieve his latest campaign pledge

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Elizabeth Warren Calls for Ending Electoral College

Elizabeth Warren Calls For Ending Electoral College

The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, campaigning in Mississippi, also called for the state to adopt a new flag that no longer has the Confederate battle flag emblem.

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Colorado governor signs national popular vote bill into law

Colorado Governor Signs National Popular Vote Bill Into Law

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed into law Friday a bill that would award the state's Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signs National Popular Vote Act

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis Signs National Popular Vote Act

Gov. Jared Polis on Friday quietly signed a bill that pledges Colorado's Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.

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Delaware Senate passes national popular vote initiative

Delaware Senate Passes National Popular Vote Initiative

The state Senate has voted to have Delaware join other states that want to pool their Electoral College votes for the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.

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Texas is now a 2020 Swing State

Texas Is Now A 2020 Swing State

Every presidential candidate in 2020 will need to campaign hard in toss-up states like Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania ... and Texas? A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday showed that Texas is surprisingly competitive for Democratic candidates eyeing the White House. President Trump is essentially tied in hypothetical matchups with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Vice President Joe Biden, and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas). O'Rourke and Biden have not announced bids for the presidency. Texas Q-Poll:Trump 47, Biden 46Trump 47, Sanders 45Trump 47, O'Rourke 46Trump 46, Castro 41Trump 48, Harris 41Trump 48, Warren 41Cornyn 46, O'Rourke 46 https://t.co/ktA0AEQzKj -- Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) February 28, 2019 The University of Virginia's Center for Politics says that Texas, along with Georgia and North Carolina, "may be becoming less reliably Republican." The analysis says Texas "leans Republican" -- as do notorious swing states like Iowa and North Carolina -- and lists it among states that might be the best targets for Democrats looking to win over historically red regions of the country. Crystal Ball: Our first Electoral College ratings for 2020 - 248 R, 244 D, 46 Toss-ups https://t.co/T3G0Yn4iDP pic.twitter.com/o3WfPpqAOt -- Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) February 28, 2019 But O'Rourke is also neck-in-neck with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a conspicuous detail considering the Democrat on Wednesday announced that he had ruled out a Senate run. Quinnipiac's poll showed that Texas voters are split on O'Rourke -- 44 percent have a favorable opinion of him, while 40 percent have a negative opinion. Quinnipiac polled 1,222 Texas voters, reaching them by phone between Feb. 20-25. The margin of error is 3.4 percentage points. Summer Meza

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North Carolina Vote Fraud Case Takes a Dramatic Turn Against Republican Candidate

North Carolina Vote Fraud Case Takes A Dramatic Turn Against Republican Candidate

Mark Harris in happier days last month, before he knew his own son was going to testify against him.Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observ...

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Deutsche Bank Turned Trump Down For Loan In 2016

Deutsche Bank Turned Trump Down For Loan In 2016: Report

Deutsche Bank declined to give President Trump a loan in 2016 after the then-candidate requested funds for his Trump Turnberry golf property in Scotland,

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Kim Davis should pay legal fees for gay couples who sued, Kentucky governor's lawyers say

Kim Davis Should Pay Legal Fees For Gay Couples Who Sued, Kentucky Governor's Lawyers Say

As a candidate for governor in 2015, Matt Bevin said he "absolutely supported" a Kentucky county clerk who stopped issuing marriage licenses because of her opposition to gay marriage.

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