Presidential Election of 2020

Karen Bass, Susan Rice Rise As Biden’s Search for V.P. Nears End – Politics Article

Ms. Bass has also waged a previously undisclosed campaign to woo influential liberal leaders, telephoning union presidents to seek their counsel and support. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is close with Ms. Bass, whom she named to oversee the recent policing reform bill, and has made her admiration clear in private conversations, including with former President Barack Obama. Ms. Pelosi’s aides said she has not conveyed support for any one candidate, is fond of a number of them and, in speaking…

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Why June Was Such a Terrible Month for Trump – Politics Article

WASHINGTON — Last Saturday night, over dinner at the White House, Bernard Marcus, a top Republican donor, told President Trump he was alarmed at Mr. Trump’s plummeting poll numbers and Jared Kushner’s stewardship of his father-in-law’s re-election effort. Mr. Trump sought to assuage Mr. Marcus’s concerns, assuring the billionaire Home Depot founder that his political fortunes would soon change in part because he was bringing in “good people” to steady his campaign, according to a person briefed on their conversation.…

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Biden Hits Trump’s Coronavirus Response: ‘He’s Worried About Looking Bad’ – Politics Article

But there is little evidence so far that American voters are punishing Mr. Biden for his caution. A suite of polls from The New York Times and Siena College released this week show Mr. Biden leading Mr. Trump by 14 percentage points nationwide and with healthy leads in the battleground states of Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. On Thursday Mr. Biden called on Americans to wear masks in public to protect themselves and others. He began his…

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Trump Seeks a Cultural Safe Space Amid a Deadly Pandemic – Politics Article

TULSA, Okla. — The difference between a rally for Joe Biden and one for President Trump starts with the attire. There is no official uniform for either event, but while those who come out for Mr. Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, show little pattern in their dress, there’s a unity to Mr. Trump’s biggest fans. A red hat is an obvious rally must. Without the cap, American flag colors will do, or a T-shirt that insults one of the president’s…

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Facebook Removes Trump Ads Displaying Symbol Used by Nazis – Politics Article

WASHINGTON — Facebook on Thursday removed advertisements posted on its platform by the Trump campaign that prominently featured a symbol used by Nazis to classify political prisoners during World War II, saying the imagery violated company policy. The Trump campaign had used the ads, with a picture of a large red triangle, to inveigh against antifa, a loose collective of anti-fascist protesters that President Trump has blamed for stirring violence and vandalism during the nationwide protests against racial injustice. There…

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Trump Basks in Trade Victory With Corporate Friends – Politics Article

Harold Hamm, the billionaire oilman and shale pioneer, was also praised by the president. “Harold Hamm. He puts a straw into the ground and oil pours out.” “He’s been with me from the beginning,” Mr. Trump said. Chuffed by his success with China, Mr. Trump teased Nelson Peltz, the activist investor, about his investment in General Electric, and he mused that the financial crisis might not have happened a decade ago if Maurice Greenberg, who was in the audience, had…

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Trump’s Supporters See U.S. Victory in China Trade Deal – Politics Article

TOLEDO, Ohio — President Trump’s supporters nodded approvingly last week as Mr. Trump extolled the “big, beautiful monster” of a trade deal that he will sign with China on Wednesday. The enthusiastic group, gathered at Toledo’s Huntington Center, nodded again as Mr. Trump insisted that America’s farmers, who have been hurt by the trade war with China, were winners and as he asserted, incorrectly, that American importers were not paying for the tariffs. “And now the deal is done,” Mr.…

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Joe Biden Says He Would Comply With a Senate Subpoena, Reversing Course – Politics Article

Traveling around Iowa in his “No Malarkey” campaign bus, Mr. Biden held three town hall-style events on Saturday, fielding questions from the audience at each one. At an event in Washington, Iowa, one attendee asked Mr. Biden if he would nominate former President Barack Obama to the Supreme Court. “If he’d take it, yes,” Mr. Biden responded. The campaigning resumed even if many Iowans were more focused on college football than politics. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., spent…

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How Bernie Sanders Learned to Love Campaigning in California – Politics Article

“Before she dropped out, Bernie Sanders was smart enough to come to me, talk to me personally,” Mr. Jones-Sawyer said at the Venice Beach rally, where he delivered one of the warm-up speeches for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Mr. Sanders. “Then, all of a sudden, it happened. She wasn’t in. And then, I reread his criminal justice plan and realized, for my district, South L.A., it works great.” Javier Gonzalez, a Californian who was Mr. Sanders’s deputy field director for Western…

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In Johnson Victory, Democrats and Republicans See Lessons for 2020 – Politics Article

LONDON — Britain was still counting the final votes in its landmark general election early Friday morning when Democrats and Republicans on the other side of the Atlantic began speculating whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s landslide victory was a good omen for President Trump’s re-election chances in 2020 — and a cautionary tale for Democrats. It had happened before, in 2016, when Britain’s angry vote to leave the European Union came to be seen as a canary-in-the-coal-mine for Mr. Trump’s…

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Buttigieg, Sanders and Warren Debate: Free College for Some or for All? – Politics Article

A new policy debate is brewing between the left wing of the Democratic presidential field and Pete Buttigieg, a more moderate candidate, over eliminating public college tuition — and the dispute has scrambled the usual rhetorical lines. The Democratic field is largely united in calling for free college tuition in at least some circumstances. But left-leaning candidates like Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren want universal programs, meaning public colleges and universities would be free for anyone, regardless of income.…

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Kamala Harris Says She’s Still ‘in This Fight,’ but Out of the 2020 Race – Politics Article

Senator Kamala Harris of California dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Tuesday after months of low poll numbers and a series of missteps that crippled her campaign, a deflating comedown for a barrier-breaking candidate who was seeking to become the first black woman to win the presidency. The decision came after weeks of upheaval among Ms. Harris’s staff, including layoffs in New Hampshire and at her headquarters in Baltimore, and disarray among her allies. She told supporters in…

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Democrats Increasingly Vocal in Calling ‘Medicare for All’ a Political Liability – Politics Article

“The politics are horrible for the Democratic Party, that’s my judgment,” said Ms. Heitkamp, who lost her seat representing North Dakota last year and is now heading up an effort to win rural voters. “We’re making the issue about our plan rather than what the president has or has not done.” Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who has said it would be a “terrible mistake” for the party nominee to support Medicare for all, is urging Democrats to embrace a…

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Deval Patrick Is In, Next Debate Stage Is Set: This Week in the 2020 Race – Politics Article

There was more upheaval in the 2020 race this week, as one new Democratic candidate entered, another moved closer to doing so and a Republican dropped his primary challenge to President Trump. Here’s a look at the highlights. Deval Patrick enters the race … Former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts officially entered the presidential race on Thursday, adding an 18th candidate to the Democratic primary with less than three months to go before the Iowa caucuses. In a video he…

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In Iowa, Gillibrand Uses Small-Town Roots to Sell Electability

“We’ve had enough divisiveness over the last couple years,” said Amy Young, a college professor, whom Ms. Gillibrand pitched about finding common ground at a coffee shop in Ames. “We are one country. We need to remember that.” Linda Santi, who met Ms. Gillibrand in Sioux City, said: “She talked about running in a red congressional district. That was important to me. How do we talk? How do we engage Trump voters in civil discourse?” Ms. Santi saw Ms. Warren…

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