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Gabriel Debenedetti

  1. vision 2020
    Joe Biden’s VP Search Is Turning Into an Open AuditionAnd almost everyone he knows wants to weigh in.
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    Biden Is Planning an FDR-Size PresidencyHe thinks he’ll survive Tara Reade’s accusation. But he knows he can’t be an average-Joe Democrat anymore.
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    How Do You Campaign When You Can’t Hit the Campaign Trail?There’s no playbook for how to run a presidential campaign during a pandemic. Biden and his team are trying to write one.
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    How Biden Is Trying to Win Over Bernie’s SupportersHe’s deeply unpopular with Sanders loyalists, but party unity seems less daunting than it did in 2016.
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    Biden Is Spending His Time in the Coronavirus Bunker Thinking a Lot About His VPKamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar are being mentioned frequently.
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    Joe Biden’s Plan to Look Presidential During the Coronavirus CrisisIt’s not quite the pivot to the general election his advisers expected, but the COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity to define contrasts with Trump.
  7. intelligencer chats
    Did Joe Biden Do What He Needed to Do at Sunday’s Debate?In what may be the final showdown of the Democratic primary, coronavirus took center stage.
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    How Do You Campaign During a Pandemic?In a week, the 2020 election has entered totally uncharted territory.
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    Obama’s Ebola Czar on How Trump Has Bungled Coronavirus Response“Everything the president’s said has been wrong, and that has two real-world consequences, aside from our standard, Oh, Trump lies.”
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    Inside the Race to Win Over Elizabeth WarrenBernie Sanders and Joe Biden both want her support, but this is one situation Warren doesn’t have a plan for.
  11. intelligencer chats
    Where Does Bernie Go Now?In the race against Joe Biden, the Vermont senator is once again in a familiar position: underdog.
  12. vision 2020
    With Biden Surging, What’s Next for Bloomberg?Bloomberg’s campaign has been premised on a big Super Tuesday performance. Biden’s huge S.C. win has thrown all that into question.
  13. intelligencer chats
    How Worried Is the Sanders Campaign About Biden’s Big Win?And more burning questions in the aftermath of a jolt to the Democratic race.
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    Did the South Carolina Debate Change the Race for the Democrats?The South Carolina Democratic debate was raucous and unorganized. Whether any candidate stood out above the chaos is unclear.
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    No, You Drop Out: Why Bernie’s Rivals Are All Stubbornly Staying in the RaceAnti-Sanders moderates generally agree that the field needs to shrink for anyone else to have a chance, but no one is ready to walk away.
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    How Beating Up Bloomberg Has Reinvigorated the Democratic FieldA Bloomberg campaign memo suggested his rivals clear his path to take on Sanders. His disastrous debate gave them an opening instead.
  17. intelligencer chats
    Could Elizabeth Warren’s Dominant Debate Performance Save Her Campaign?And other burning questions from a fiery Democratic clash in Las Vegas.
  18. vision 2020
    What Obama Is Saying in Private About the Democratic PrimarySure, he’s got thoughts about Sanders and Bloomberg — and others in the field. But keeping mum is part of a much bigger plan.
  19. intelligencer chats
    How Strong a Front-runner Is Bernie Sanders?And six other questions coming out of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.
  20. intelligencer chats
    8 Burning Questions Going Into the New Hampshire PrimaryThe unsettled Democratic race is poised for a shake-up. What will things look like on Wednesday morning?
  21. vision 2020
    The Democratic Race Isn’t Ending Any Time SoonAs voting in New Hampshire nears, a consensus is crystallizing: The Democratic primaries are going to be long and contentious.
  22. democratic debates
    Did Pete Buttigieg Successfully Withstand the Attacks at Friday’s Debate?Talking with Intelligencer’s Gabriel Debenedetti from the scene in New Hampshire.
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    How Iowa’s Chaos Affected the Top 4 Democrats — and Why N.H. Is Bigger Than EverThe caucus breakdown caused Sanders, Buttigieg, Warren, and Biden to shake up their plans for success, and bet big on New Hampshire and Nevada.
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    Inside Bernie’s Day of WaitingWith results in limbo and his rivals already fanned out in N.H., Sanders sat in Iowa, angry but still hoping to claim a victory he’d long counted on.
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    Elizabeth Warren’s Sprint to Make up for Lost Time in IowaShe attracted some of the biggest crowds of her campaign in the state over the weekend, but will it be enough?
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    How the Democratic Candidates Stand Apart on Standing TogetherOn the eve of the Iowa caucuses, unity has become both a pledge and a threat for the candidates and their campaigns.
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    Why Bernie Might Declare Victory in Iowa Even If He LosesWhile other candidates seem to be sticking to the traditional metric of delegates won, Sanders is hinting he’ll focus on raw-vote total.
  28. vision 2020
    Why Pete Buttigieg Desperately Wants Iowans to See Him As an OutsiderThe former mayor is keeping his distance from Washington and impeachment amid signs that his campaign may be flagging.
  29. vision 2020
    Could Elizabeth Warren’s Ground Game Propel Her to an Iowa Victory?Intelligencer staffers chat about who has the momentum as we (finally! at last!) near voting day.
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    Amy Klobuchar Might Finally Have Some Momentum. But Is It Too Late to Matter?Amy Klobuchar is rising in polls and her campaign says she’s coming on strong in Iowa. For what it’s worth, her opponents don’t seem scared yet.
  31. vision 2020
    Why Is Bernie Sanders Surging Now?Intelligencer staffers discuss the Vermont senator’s improved standing as the Iowa Caucuses loom.
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    One of the Iowa Contenders Could Beat Trump, Right?Two weeks out from the caucus, it’s an unprecedented four-way deadlock. Ready, set, go!
  33. democratic debates
    Unpacking the Tense Moment Between Warren and SandersChatting with Intelligencer’s Gabriel Debenedetti, from the scene in Iowa, about the non-handshake heard around the world.
  34. vision 2020
    Politics Chat: The Sanders–Warren He-Said, She-Said Showdown Over SexismDid the allegations of sexism by Sanders come from Warren’s camp? What will the fallout be? Two Intelligencer staffers discuss.
  35. democratic primaries
    Does Amy Klobuchar Have a Shot?Intelligencer staffers discuss whether the Minnesota senator, who has a strong case on “electability,” could surprise in Iowa and beyond.
  36. vision 2020
    Bernie and Biden Are Back Where They Started in National Primary PollsThe top contenders are in a remarkably similar position than they were a year ago.
  37. democratic debates
    Joe Biden Gets Off Easy, AgainIntelligencer staffers discuss the highlights of Thursday night’s feisty debate, which played out well for the Democratic front-runner.
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    Will Buttigieg and Warren Clash at Tonight’s Democratic Debate?Intelligencer staffers discuss what to expect as seven candidates take the stage in Los Angeles.
  39. vision 2020
    Why Isn’t Anyone Attacking Bernie Sanders?Biden, Buttigieg, and Warren have never felt it was worth it to go after Sanders. Now, he’s surging and the opportunity might have passed.
  40. vision 2020
    Will Elizabeth Warren’s Comeback Strategy Work?She has dipped in the polls amid muddled health-care messaging and concerns over “electability.” But there’s still plenty of time to rebound.
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    Is Candidate Bloomberg Actually Good for Biden?What changes for donors with a (second) billionaire in the race.
  42. politics
    How Bad Are Billionaire Politicians for Democracy?Intelligencer staffers discuss the implications of superrich public servants.
  43. vision 2020
    Kamala Harris’s Long Road to an Early ExitInside her promising rise and painful fall.
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    Bill de Blasio’s Case Against Michael Bloomberg 2020Mayor de Blasio missed his chance to face his predecessor in the primary, but that won’t keep him from challenging Bloomberg’s White House ambitions.
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    Will Impeachment Matter in the Presidential Race?Intelligencer staffers discuss whether the story consuming Washington will make much of a ripple with voters come next fall.
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    Deval Patrick’s Bid to Win Over Democratic Power PlayersWith his long-shot 2020 campaign in need of a boost, Patrick privately wooed a handful of influential figures, including some fellow Obama allies.
  47. vision 2020
    Why No One Is Attacking Pete ButtigiegAfter he spiked recently in polls, his team expected him to become a target. There’s a specific set of reasons opponents are laying off though.
  48. democratic debates
    Did Anyone Lose the Democratic Debate?Intelligencer’s Gabriel Debenedetti, who attended the showdown in Atlanta, chats about an evening that didn’t go the way many expected it to.
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    Mayor Pete Will Have a Target on His Back at Wednesday’s DebateIntelligencer staffers discuss what to expect from the still-crowded stage in Atlanta.
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    Obama Tells His Party’s Elites to RelaxIn unusually topical remarks, Obama told Democratic elites to stop panicking. But he also had a word of warning for the party’s activist wing.
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