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Forget polls. What will Democrats eat and what policies will they tout at the Iowa State Fair?

For presidential hopefuls, the food stands at the Iowa State Fair are as obligatory a campaign stop as making a speech at the Des Moines Register Soap Box. What candidates eat could count as much as the policies. Speeches are fine, but what really gets a candidate’s mug on TV are shots of them chowing […]

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Ignore conservatives’ advice on how to pick the Democratic presidential nominee

Spare us from supposedly well-meaning conservative pundits telling the world whom the Democratic Party must — and must not — nominate for president. They’re out of step with the times. It’s still more than six months until the first votes in the Iowa caucuses, a year before the Democratic National Convention, and nearly 16 months […]

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GOP’s new methods of ratf**king: spreading lies online via social media

Republicans are showing how scared they are of losing the 2020 election by returning to one of their tried-and-true forms of spreading disinformation and resorting to dirty electoral tricks — ratfucking. The danger is that employing those dirty tricks on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and elsewhere gives their lies a wider audience, as it did in […]

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Democratic debates showcase a new rising star: Kamala Harris

With the first two Democratic debates finished, political pundits everywhere are issuing the usual “who won” and “who lost” evaluations. But there was one winner who rose above the rest — Kamala Harris. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren came through with her usual “I have a plan for that” workmanship. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary […]

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#ClimateChange emerges as top issue for Democrats in 2020

We’ve come a long way from “It’s the economy, stupid.” A new CNN poll conducted by research firm SSRS shows that 96 percent of registered Democrats list climate change as a very or somewhat important issue when evaluating potential presidential candidates. If the 2018 midterm election was about health care, 2020 may hinge on what […]

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#Election2020: Who’s got policies? Who’s got platitudes?

With some 19 Democratic presidential candidates and counting, it’s hard to keep track of who stands for what: which candidates have developed policy expertise and proposals on which issues, and which ones sound good but still keep talking in generalities. For most candidates, there’s no shortage of policy positions. A Think Progress piece argues that […]

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‘Democrats must nominate a white guy in 2020.’ Oh, really?

If you’re tired of reading about the endless debate of whether Joe Biden’s habit of physically demonstrating his affection is appropriate or the countless stories of how awesome it is that Pete Buttigieg learned Norwegian to read a book, you’re not alone. If you’re thirsting for discussion of actual issues that affect the country and […]

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Kill #Obamacare? Trump voters won’t care. But we will — in 2020

No doubt you’ve heard about Donald Trump’s latest move in his series of vindictive acts against President Obama — a new attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Seemingly out of the blue, and against the advice of his own attorney general and Health and Human Services secretary, the Trump administration now says it will […]

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2020 electorate will be more diverse than ever

The growing number of Democrats running for president in 2020 are a diverse group of candidates. But they won’t be as diverse as the people voting for them. According to projections from the Pew Research Center, a higher number of those who will cast votes for president next year will be younger than their counterparts […]

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Hey, Howard Schultz: We don’t need another unqualified, inexperienced billionaire as president (UPDATE)

When you’re white, male, and super-rich, you must think that the rest of the world owes you their attention. And too many in the media (many also white, male, and wealthy, if not super-rich) are treating the teases from former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz about running as an independent as the most important story in […]

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