Elections

Rep. Ilhan Omar, (D., Minn.) walks in Washington, D.C., January 16, 2019. (Yuri Gripas/REUTERS) Making the click-through worthwhile: Rising star Pete Buttigieg formally announces his 2020 presidential campaign, Democrats spend the weekend insisting that criticism is the same thing as inciting violence, and another conservative speaker is assaulted on a college campus. The Mayor Is
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the North America’s Building Trades Unions legislative conference in Washington, D.C., April 10, 2019. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) The Green New Deal, statehood for D.C., ending the Electoral College — are they trying to lose in 2020? The Democrats’ presidential aspirants seem determined to prove that their party’s 2016 achievement — the
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Back in 2015, South Bend, Ind.’s mayor, Pete Buttigieg, came out of the closet as a gay man. Asked about the news, Indiana governor, Mike Pence, simply responded, “I hold Mayor Buttigieg in the highest personal regard. I see him as a dedicated public servant and a patriot.” A year earlier, Buttigieg had … Read
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Vice President Mike Pence walks outside in Munich, Germany, February 16, 2019. (Michael Dalder/REUTERS) Vice President Mike Pence chastised Southbend, Ind. mayor Pete Buttegieg for attacking his Christian faith during an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box that’s set to air Thursday. “He said some things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally. And
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(Rick Wilking/Reuters) I’ll concede that John Yoo and Avik Roy know a lot more about Asians than I do, and a couple of print issues ago, they set forth as good a plan as any for the GOP to earn the allegiance of the increasing numbers of Asian Americans who will be voting in coming
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(Thomas White/Reuters) There are many reasons to doubt that Twitter represents anything other than a cacophony of curmudgeons. An appropriately Twitteresque meme circulated recently on that platform: Write a sad story in just three words. This was an homage to Ernest Hemingway, who, challenged to write a sad story in only six words, grabbed the
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Potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren., D., Mass., listens during a rally in Boston, Mass., January 21, 2019. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign raised $6 million in the first quarter of this year, it reported Wednesday. The campaign received over 213,000 contributions from more than 135,000 donors whose average donation was $28,
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Ramesh, placing third in your home state is bad, even worse than being a distant fourth in New Hampshire in the early polling — presumably the early primary state that would be Elizabeth Warren’s home turf. Her recent fundraising haul of $6 million in the last quarter is in the “eh, okay” range, but what’s raising
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Last month, KOMO-TV broadcast reporter Eric Johnson ran an hour-long segment, Seattle Is Dying, and if you’ve heard tell that the Emerald City — along with San Francisco — seems to be deteriorating, you’ve heard tell right. I’ve had the increasing displeasure of visiting these places frequently over … Read More
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Democratic 2020 presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg campaigns at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, N.H., April 6, 2019. (Mary Schwalm/Reuters) Jim Treacher asks when Mike Pence has ever had a quarrel with Pete Buttigieg, pointing out that the vice president has never said anything negative about the South Bend mayor. The “quarrel” between
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Former Vice President Joe Biden talks to the media after speaking at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers conference in Washington, D.C., April 5, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) I go back and forth on Joe Biden’s chances at the Democratic nomination. On the one hand, we’ve seen him run two primary campaigns, and they both ended
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Beto O’Rourke campaigns during the recording of the “Political Party Live” podcast in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 15, 2019. (Ben Brewer/Reuters) Making the click-through worthwhile: Famous bass guitarist and skateboarder Beto O’Rourke assures us that he has identified the prime impediment to peace in the Middle East; a perpetually troubled city on the East Coast
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Hillary Clinton speaks in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2016. (Steve Marcus/Reuters) Claims of voter fraud or voter suppression may excite a crowd, but our leaders are playing with fire. We’re reaching a dangerous point in American politics. Many millions of our most engaged and most politically passionate citizens fervently believe that when they lose close
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally in New York, March 2, 2019. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) Juliana Summers and Julie Pace of the Associated Press declare Bernie Sanders “an indisputable frontrunner” in the Democratic primary, pointing to his huge fundraising, “a loyal and enthusiastic voter base and a set of clearly defined policy objectives.” Indeed,
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Joe Biden speaks at Harvard University in May. (Reuters photo: Brian Snyder) Peggy Noonan urges Joe Biden not to run for president, concluding that “young reporters who consider themselves culture cops, and who enjoy beating people like you with the nightstick of their wokeness” and “your defeat will be worse than sudden, it will be
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Former Vice President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C., April 5, 2019 (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Former vice president Joe Biden on Friday addressed the recent accusations of women who say he invaded their personal space, first joking about the allegations onstage during an address to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers before apologizing and admitting that he will
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Beto O’Rourke speaks during a campaign stop in Plymouth, N.H., March 20, 2019. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) The 2020 field continues to un-impress. Time to check on the 20 Smurfs. Joe Biden recorded a message on a friend’s iPhone in which he admitted that he’s made women and “some men” uncomfortable by, among other things, touching them,
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Joe Biden in 2015 (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) In the #MeTooMaybe hoopla over the former vice president’s hair-sniffing and hand-slipping and personal space-invading, much cataloguing of Joe Biden’s peccadillos has emerged — for example, in Jonah Goldberg’s new column. It’s a handy summary. But missed in these lists is a deeply troubling — I guess the right
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(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The winner of a national office should have nationwide support The latest enthusiasm from progressive pundits and activists for replacing the American system of self-government is to abolish the Electoral College and choose presidents by national popular vote. As with all such enthusiasms — expanding the Supreme Court, abolishing the filibuster and the
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Then-Vice President Joe Biden at the “Summit on Climate and the Road through Paris: Business & Science Coming Together” in 2015. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) The effort to demonize him now is so obviously driven by his potential Democratic primary opponents. The knives are out for Joe Biden. To read some of the media accounts, Biden is
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2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks at the 2019 National Action Network National Convention in N.Y., April 4, 2019. (Lucas Jackson/REUTERS) Democratic presidential candidate and Southbend, Ind. mayor Pete Buttigieg explained why he stopped using the phrase “all lives matter” when discussing the issue of racially motivated police violence during a Thursday appearance at
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Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke reacts during a kickoff rally on the streets of El Paso, Texas, March 30, 2019. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters) Obama’s platitudes are still platitudes in the mouth of the less-talented O’Rourke. Only once did I sit in a medium-sized room with Barack Obama. It was May 19, 2006, and the then-senator
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Stacey Abrams, running for the Democratic primary for Georgia’s 2018 governor’s race, speaks at a Young Democrats of Cobb County meeting in Cobb County, Ga., November 16, 2017. (Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters) Making the click-through worthwhile: Three more Democratic officials are getting ready to run for president. No, that’s not a joke. Meanwhile, Democrats in Washington
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to supporters in Memphis, Tenn., March 17, 2019. (Karen Pulfer Focht/Reuters) Her proposal could backfire — and leave taxpayers footing the bill. Last month, senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) reintroduced a radical proposal to address what she has identified as shortcomings in federal housing policy. Unfortunately, Senator Warren
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