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Gabriel Debenedetti

  1. early and often
    ‘That’s Hell’: Democrats’ Debate Prep Gets RealEveryone expects Biden to come under serious fire. He’s getting ready for it.
  2. intelligencer chats
    Will Democrats Really Start Attacking Each Other in the Primary?Amid Warren-Sanders tensions, Intelligencer staffers discuss whether a play-nice strategy is possible – or a good idea.
  3. early and often
    Sanders and Warren Had a Secret Nonaggression Deal. Is It Over?Late last year the two quietly agreed not to attack each other. But, with Warren rising in the polls, Sanders now seems to be going on the offensive.
  4. just asking questions
    Governor Steve Bullock on Being Excluded From the Democrats’ First Debate“When you look at that stage, it’s disappointing that it’s missing someone who has had success in a Trump state.”
  5. vision 2020
    Jimmy Carter Is Emerging As a Role Model in the 2020 PrimariesNot only is his name no longer a political slur, Democratic candidates are actively trying to emulate him.
  6. vision 2020
    How Much Does Age Matter for Presidential Candidates in 2019?Intelligencer staffers discuss whether the over-70 crowd should worry about their electoral prospects.
  7. vision 2020
    Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren Are Making Massive Bets on IowaBut is aggressive organization-building still the best way to win the nation’s first caucus?
  8. vision 2020
    No One Knows How to Prepare for the Democratic DebatesThe details remain fuzzy, so 2020 candidates are casting around for ideas. Engineered viral moments? Planned attacks? Take a page from Carly Fiorina?
  9. vision 2020
    How Does Obama Feel About Biden’s Candidacy? It’s Complicated.As the former VP invokes his old boss, Obama has his reasons for keeping his distance.
  10. vision 2020
    A Long Talk With Seth MoultonThe 2020 candidate on socialists, replacing VCRs, and lessons from challenging Nancy Pelosi.
  11. vision 2020
    Bernie Sanders Thinks He Needs the FightWith Biden as the firm Establishment front-runner, Sanders hopes he can be the outsider with the favorite’s advantages.
  12. just asking questions
    Eric Swalwell on Running As the ‘Guns and Russia’ CandidateThe 2020 candidate on why Robert Mueller should testify, Twitter fights, and still having $100,000 in student debt.
  13. vision 2020
    Wall Street Democrats Are Absolutely Freaking Out About Their 2020 CandidatesBiden? Pete? Trump?! 
  14. just asking questions
    Cory Booker on Progressive Purity Tests, His Work With Jared Kushner, and More“I end up talking about love — which maybe doesn’t sound like a normal presidential campaign. That’s fine. People should know who I am.”
  15. vision 2020
    How Joe Biden Plans to Steamroll the 2020 Democratic FieldThe former VP has been reaching out to old allies, hoping to show he has more institutional support than all the other candidates combined.
  16. vision 2020
    A Long Talk With the 2020 Candidate Putting Climate Change FirstThe Washington governor on nuclear power, constituent Howard Schultz, and the prospect of debating Trump.
  17. encounter
    Tom Steyer Isn’t Ready to Give Up on ImpeachmentThe billionaire Democratic megadonor is still trying to win over whomever he can.
  18. vision 2020
    A Long Talk With John HickenlooperThe former Colorado governor on marijuana legalization, getting vetted to be Hillary Clinton’s VP in 2016, and what he learned from Kurt Vonnegut.
  19. early and often
    Bernie Sanders Is Hiring a Former Hillary Clinton Staffer As Research ChiefTyson Brody helped pull together Clinton’s opposition-research book on Sanders in 2016.
  20. early and often
    Bernie Sanders Is Hiring a Former Hillary Clinton Staffer As Research ChiefTyson Brody helped pull together Clinton’s opposition-research book on Sanders in 2016.
  21. vision 2020
    Howard Schultz and His Team Think the Backlash Means They’re ‘Onto Something’Schultz has been ridiculed on the left, and his own polls show that he could help reelect Trump. But his team thinks he’s struck an important nerve.
  22. mueller time
    Why a Lot of 2020 Democrats Are Nervous About the Mueller ReportThe campaigns have no idea how to write post-Mueller playbooks. It’s slowing some of them down.
  23. just asking questions
    A Long Talk With Kirsten GillibrandThe New York senator on the NRA, Al Franken, and the line between capitalism and greed.
  24. vision 2020
    What Really Happened to Bernie Sanders’s CampaignThe sudden departure of a team of veteran consultants that were key in 2016 says a lot about Bernie’s new state of mind.
  25. just asking questions
    A Long Talk With Pete ButtigiegThe Democratic 2020 hopeful on college contemporary Mark Zuckerberg, how sewers are like national security, and Ulysses.
  26. just asking questions
    A Long Talk With Julián CastroThe former San Antonio mayor and Obama Cabinet member on why people care if he speaks Spanish and how Trump is like a fastball.
  27. 2020 elections
    Kamala Harris Embraces Populism — and Tries to Define What That Means in 2020At her campaign kickoff in Oakland, Harris quoted RFK and declared she’s “for the people” — a message touted by many fellow candidates.
  28. politics
    John Fetterman’s New FightPennsylvania’s new lieutenant governor wants to revitalize Trump Country… and the Democratic Party.
  29. tales from the trail
    Democratic Ex-Presidents Expected to Sit Out 2020 PrimariesBut they are taking meetings … Also: Gillibrand talks to potential big-money donors and Beto gets signs from potential high-profile supporters.
  30. tales from the trail
    Kamala Harris Zeroes In on Baltimore for 2020 HeadquartersAccording to Democrats familiar with her thinking. Also: Thoughts from a Beto booster and a run by L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti looks less likely.
  31. vision 2020
    Why Chris Christie Is a Cautionary Tale for 2020 HopefulsThere are lessons in his story for Beto O’Rourke, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and others considering a White House Run.
  32. vision 2020
    The Democratic Party Is Getting Ready for a Very Messy 2020 Primary RaceThe party is planning a dozen debates starting in June 2019 and taking lots of extra steps to avoid any appearance of bias.
  33. vision 2020
    Why Joe Biden Turned Down $38 MillionHe’s not sure he wants to run for president. But he’s sure he wants to keep the door open.
  34. encounter
    Sherrod Brown Has a Blueprint for America 2020Is looking this rumpled a path to the presidency?
  35. 2020 elections
    Inside Bernie Sanders’s Big DecisionThe discussion the most popular democratic socialist in America is having over his political future.
  36. vision 2020
    How Early Voting Could Turn the Democratic 2020 Race on Its HeadWill campaigning in L.A., Austin, and Chicago now be just as important as in Des Moines and Concord?
  37. vision 2020
    There’s a New Electoral Map in TownPost-midterms, Democrats are looking over the new contours of the presidential map as they figure out where to take on Trump in 2020.
  38. vision 2020
    Decoding the Recent Travel Schedules of Democrats With Designs on 2020They aren’t in any tight races, but the Dems most likely to run for president have been campaigning everywhere from Manchester to San Diego.
  39. politics
    Scott Walker Is Trying to Dodge the Midwest’s Backlash Against TrumpFor the Wisconsin governor, the question of how to handle Trump is a tricky one.
  40. politics
    Kamala Harris Is Building a Network for Black Candidates“My mother used to tell me, ‘Kamala, you may be the first to do many things. Make sure you are not the last.’”
  41. 2018 midterms
    Andrew Gillum, Model CandidateThe Democrats’ gubernatorial nominee in Florida is a high-stakes bet on what the future of American politics looks like.
  42. democratic party
    Gavin Newsom Has More Important Things to Do Than Run for PresidentThe next governor of California is preparing to fight Trump and show off his state as a laboratory for progressive policies — including single-payer.
  43. just asking questions
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on the Kavanaugh Fallout and Her Plans for 2020“I feel like all energy is in the Democratic base. It’s a new base that is really just on fire. And I think the Republicans have shown their hand.”
  44. q&a
    Michael Lewis on His New Book About Trump’s Wholesale Destruction of Government“No matter where I went in my mind, they said to me, ‘No, it’s worse.’”
  45. Why Our History Is More Urgent Than EverJill Lepore, author of These Truths, on writing about American civics in the age of Trump and understanding our historical responsibilities.
  46. vision 2020
    Another Problem for Trump: A 2020 Primary Challenge Is Growing More LikelyIn New Hampshire, there are increasing signs that a fellow Republican will take on the president.
  47. 2018 midterms
    The Quiet Democratic Front-runner for Senate in Pro-Trump TennesseeDemocrat Phil Bredesen, a popular former governor, may win a Senate race in Tennessee by sticking to his wonky script — and dodging reporters.
  48. Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 Maneuvering Is Getting Even More AggressiveShe’s already laid serious groundwork to take on Trump, and recent moves could have her muscling further ahead of the other potential candidates.
  49. cyber security
    Inside the Midterm Campaigns’ Fight to Stop Cyber Attacks — Before It’s Too LateEven if campaigns internalize 2016’s lessons — and have yet to be targeted — it’s likely they’re still behind on preempting the next round of threats.
  50. ayanna presley
    Ayanna Pressley Wants to Shake the Democratic Party AgainOn the heels of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tectonic win, a Massachusetts primary tests the limits of insurgency.
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