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Vision 2020

  1. the democrats
    House Democratic Establishment Declares War on DemocracyThe DCCC just announced that it will blacklist any campaign vendor that works on a primary challenge to a Democratic incumbent.
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    4 Reasons Democrats Will Have a Front-runner Soon — and 3 They Won’tMore than likely someone will eventually stroll to the nomination in 2020. But maybe not so fast and maybe not at all.
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    Intelligencer Chat: Are Democrats Too Nervous to Nominate a Woman?The trauma of 2016 may have given rise to a cautious way of looking at 2020.
  4. amy klobuchar
    Amy Klobuchar Questioned for ‘Tough on Crime’ Record As ProsecutorHow she treats staff is now just one of multiple criticisms of the candidate’s idea of “toughness.”
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    John Hickenlooper Recounts the Time He Took His Mother to See Deep ThroatTop this anecdote, Bernie.
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    Mike Gravel, an 88-Year-Old Dark Horse 2020 Candidate Who’s a Hit With the TeensGravel has always been unconventional, going back to his days as a high-profile Senate opponent of the Vietnam War.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
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    Here’s Every Defense of the Electoral College — and Why They’re All WrongMost of the arguments for preserving our insane system are morally odious, unsubstantiated, and/or factually incorrect.
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    America’s Second-Largest Teachers Union Is Trying Not to Make 2016’s MistakeThe American Federation of Teachers has rolled out its endorsement process for candidates, and says that it’s prepared to hold Democrats to account.
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    Intelligencer Chat: Does Beto’s Policy Vision Matter?Some Democratic candidates are ultraspecific about what they’d do in office; others are mostly vague. How much do voters care either way?
  12. health care
    Beto and Bernie Offer Competing Plans to Fix Health CareMedicare for All is still the dominant Democratic health-care idea for 2020, but the less ambitious plan backed by O’Rourke could be a competitor.
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    Democrats Don’t Want to ‘Pack the Supreme Court’ — They Want to Reform ItDemocrats are open to reforms that would prevent partisan majorities from dictating policy to a divided nation by fiat. That’s not “court packing.”
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    White Evangelicals Are Still the Heart of Trump’s BaseYes, white Evangelical support varies modestly along with Trump’s overall standing, but it’s still his best demographic.
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    What Beto Backlash? Fundraising Haul Undercuts Reports of a Disastrous LaunchDespite negative reactions among journalists and on Twitter, his campaign raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours, beating Bernie Sanders’s record.
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    George McGovern Proposed a Universal Basic Income. It Didn’t Go Well for Him.Long-shot presidential candidate Andrew Yang is proposing to mail every American a monthly $1,000 check. George McGovern tried that in the ‘70s.
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    Stacey Abrams Has a Big Decision to MakeGovernor? Senator? Veep? President?! The Georgian who is usually sure about everything finds herself conflicted about her future.
  18. just asking questions
    Ta-Nehisi Coates Is an Optimist NowA conversation about the revived debate over reparations, the 2020 Democratic primary, and the power of pop culture to advance progressive change.
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    Klobuchar’s Alleged Staff Abuse Won’t Scare Vladimir PutinThe senator tried to put a positive spin reports that she’s “tough” on staff, but that doesn’t have much to do with competence on the world stage.
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    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.
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    Beto’s Cool, But Can He Win a Presidential Nomination?If O’Rourke can pass some early tests, his fundraising chops and his ability to mobilize young and Latino voters could make him formidable.
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    With 2020 Election Advice, Paul Ryan Forgets Why Trump Won the Last ElectionIn a public appearance in Florida, the former House Speaker claimed that GOP policy, not Trump’s personality, would spur a Republican victory in 2020.
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    Will Black Voters Still Love Biden When They Remember Who He Was?Joe Biden has the worst record on racial justice of any likely Democratic primary candidate. He is also the most popular among black voters.
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    Kirsten Gillibrand Can’t Afford a #MeToo ProblemAccusations that she mishandled a staffer’s sexual-misconduct claim may hit particularly hard, as her 2020 campaign has focused on gender inequality.
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    Democrats Aim at Midwest With Choice of Milwaukee for 2020 ConventionDemocrats hope to tilt Wisconsin, and perhaps the entire region, but parties don’t always get a bump in the state where they hold their convention.
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    Kirsten Gillibrand Can’t Afford a #MeToo ProblemAccusations that she mishandled a staffer’s sexual-misconduct claim may hit particularly hard, as her 2020 campaign has focused on gender inequality.
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    The GOP Is Already Attacking Beto — for His White Male PrivilegeThe Texas congressman isn’t an official 2020 candidate. But Republicans are already attacking O’Rourke from the left on the airwaves in Iowa.
  28. 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.
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    Heartland Progressive Sherrod Brown Won’t Run for President in 2020He was invisible in the polls, but Brown was widely thought to have potential as a progressive who appealed to white working-class voters.
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    Republicans Are Going to Try the ‘Red Scare’ Strategy in 2020. Will It Work?Americans are now less hostile to socialism, but Republicans will still try their old strategy, as they need a distraction from Trump’s shortcomings.
  31. fox news
    Of Course Democrats Shouldn’t Let Fox News Host a Primary DebateFox News isn’t a news network. It’s a propaganda outfit that abets plutocracy by fomenting racial paranoia. The DNC is right to treat it as such.
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    All the Democrats Who Say They’re Not Running for President in 2020It may seem like every prominent Democrat wants to take on Trump, but many – including Oprah, Andrew Cuomo, and Michael Avenatti – have ruled it out.
  33. vision 2020
    Hickenlooper Counts On Unconventional Path to the PresidencyIt may be the wrong year for this fan of fracking and bipartisanship.
  34. politics
    When Did Everyone Become a Socialist?It’s AOC’s calling card, Trump’s latest rhetorical bludgeon, and a new way to date in Brooklyn.
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    As 2020 Grows Near, Democrats Could Experience Trump Reelection PanicNo matter how often Democrats tell themselves that substantive issues matter most, “electability” will haunt them in choosing a nominee.
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    Jay Inslee Is the Democratic Party’s Sanest 2020 CandidateHe’s the only one promising to prioritize climate. That makes him exceptionally rational — and an almost certain loser.
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    Obama’s Call for Bipartisanship Failed. Why Do 2020 Dems Think They’ll Succeed?Candidates like Bernie Sanders seem to think they’ll get Republicans to go along with their agenda, though Obama couldn’t. They’ll need a plan B.
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    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.
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    Democrats Don’t Have to Choose a Path to Victory Until the Fall of 2020The idea that Democrats must decide right now which states to prioritize in 2020 misses the lesson of 2016 that tactical flexibility is essential.
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    Bernie Sanders’s Campaign Is an Early Fundraising PowerhouseIn his first week, Sanders raised $10 million in mostly small donations, in a crowded field where big-ticket donors could become a campaign burden.
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    Klobuchar’s Alleged Staff Mistreatment Is a Valid Concern for American WorkersExamining the senator’s treatment of her staff isn’t sexist, it’s a key question for those looking for a president who takes labor rights seriously.
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    GOP Donors Demand Trump Magically Become a Normal Human by 2020Donors are starting to worry that Trump’s 2020 campaign might just be a bunch of nepotism hires rationalizing the outbursts of a senescent narcissist.
  43. past is prologue
    If Ross Perot Couldn’t Win the Presidency, There’s No Hope for Howard SchultzPerot didn’t win a single state in 1992 — or cost Bush reelection. Schultz isn’t as well known, and there’s less of a rationale for his candidacy.
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    Big Trend Among Democratic Presidential Candidates: CapitalismWhile socialism is all the buzz in certain elite circles, old-fashioned regulated capitalism still prevails among most of Bernie Sanders’s rivals.
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    Meet the New Bernie Campaign, Same As the Old Bernie CampaignSanders’s message hasn’t changed much over the past four years (or decades). His team hopes that this consistency will make a difference in 2020.
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    How Do Democrats Beat Trump in 2020? Barack Obama Has Some IdeasThe former president is reportedly telling Democratic candidates to rebut Trump’s dystopian vision and court rural voters.
  47. 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.
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    Howard Schultz 2020: What If a Moderate Democrat But Vaguer?At a CNN town hall, Schultz revealed that his issue positions are all either restatements of Democratic orthodoxy, or bursts of Trumpian hot air.
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    Kamala Harris: I’ve Smoked Weed and ‘I Did Inhale’California’s former attorney general says weed “gives a lot of people joy and we need more joy in this world.”
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    Trump’s State of the Union Was a Preview of His 2020 StrategyThe president promised liberal economic policies — without all those taxes or subversive social values.
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