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Patriotism, Diversity and the Election
  + stars: | 2024-05-30 | by ( David Leonhardt | )   time to read: +1 min
Student debt. One is the contrast between the country’s most heated political debates and the top concerns of most voters. Student debt and housing costs make for a useful comparison. Student debt, a subject that the Biden administration has emphasized, may seem like the ultimate pocketbook issue. In reality, it’s more niche: Only 18 percent of U.S. adults have any federal student debt.
Persons: Biden Organizations: Democratic Locations: Gaza, U.S
Democrats Who Are Winning
  + stars: | 2024-05-29 | by ( David Leonhardt | )   time to read: +1 min
Recent polls contain a surprising combination of results: Democrats appear to be leading in six tough Senate races even as President Biden trails Donald Trump in the same states. What are these Democratic Senate candidates doing right? In today’s newsletter, I’ll highlight the single biggest theme that emerged: The six Democrats are basing their campaigns around a populism that harshly criticizes both big business and China. (In a follow-up newsletter, I’ll look at several other campaign themes.) Still, most of the Democrats in these races aren’t merely ahead in the polls; they also have a track record of winning tough races by appealing to voters who are skeptical of the Democratic Party.
Persons: Biden, Donald Trump, It’s Organizations: Democratic, Democratic Party Locations: China
New York CNN —Minnesota government officials have struck a deal with rideshare companies Uber and Lyft to set minimum wage standards for drivers, lawmakers announced Saturday night. The rule was delayed after Lyft and Uber warned they would leave Minneapolis. State lawmakers have been focused on compromising with the companies before a July 1 deadline. Under the new agreement, the statewide minimum wage rate for rideshare drivers will be $1.28 per mile and $0.31 per minute. “We applaud the tens of thousands of riders & drivers who sent close to 100,000 emails to legislators — your voices were heard.
Persons: Uber, Lyft, Jamie Long, ” Long, , Erin Murphy, Josh Gold Organizations: New, New York CNN, Minnesota, Democratic, Minneapolis City Council, Governor Locations: New York, Minnesota, Minneapolis, State
Senate Democrats (including independents who caucus with them) hold 23 seats up for election this year; Republicans hold 11. Positive signs for DemocratsBut is the race for the Senate really over if Republicans just win West Virginia? Democratic Senate candidates seem to be at least tied or ahead in Arizona, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Of course, Democratic Senate candidates outrunning the top of the ticket is nothing new. For Democrats to have any chance of holding the Senate, Republicans would have to lose all these Senate races.
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Can Biden Recapture Lightning in a Bottle in Georgia?
  + stars: | 2024-05-18 | by ( Rick Rojas | Maya King | )   time to read: +1 min
The official purpose of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s trip to Georgia in the final days of 2020 was to rally support for two Democratic Senate candidates facing tight runoffs. “I have to say, it feels pretty good,” Mr. Biden told a crowd in Atlanta, reveling in the distinction of being the first Democrat to win Georgia in a presidential election in nearly 30 years. The moment — along with the Democrats’ win of both Senate seats a few weeks later, tipping control of the chamber — seemed to affirm the party’s resurgence in a state long dominated by Republicans. This weekend, as Mr. Biden returns to Atlanta with ambitions of winning the state again in a rematch with former President Donald J. Trump, he faces a much different climate. The optimism that soared among Georgia Democrats after his win has been overtaken by frustration and worry, not just about his campaign prospects but also about the direction of the country.
Persons: Joseph R, Biden, , Mr, Donald J, Trump Organizations: Democratic, Democrat, Georgia, Democrats ’, Republicans, Georgia Democrats Locations: Georgia, Atlanta, reveling
Read previewRep. David Trone, one of the wealthiest members of Congress, spent over $60 million of his own fortune to try to win a Democratic Senate primary. With nearly 40% of all votes in, Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks is projected to have defeated Trone in Maryland's Democratic US Senate primary, according to Decision Desk HQ. Schumer can't afford to lose the Senate seat if he wants to keep the party's slim majority in the chamber. Related storiesAnd Alsobrooks — who was endorsed by Maryland Democratic heavy hitters including Gov. Republicans see Montana and Ohio as their top Democratic Senate targets this year, while also looking to compete in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
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Silver Spring, Maryland CNN —The farmers market in this suburb of Washington, DC, was a ripe crowd for Angela Alsobrooks, who’s locked in an increasingly contentious Senate Democratic primary on Tuesday. “I would really like to see a Black woman in the Senate. If elected in November, Alsobrooks, the executive of Prince George’s County, could become only the third Black woman ever elected to the Senate. (The one Black woman currently serving — California’s Laphonza Butler — was appointed and isn’t running to stay beyond this year.) “Electing women is not just good for Maryland,” Alsobrooks told supporters assembled outside her campaign office.
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House Speaker Mike Johnson is splitting Ukraine and Israel aid into separate votes. AdvertisementHouse Speaker Mike Johnson's unconventional plan to hold separate votes on Israel and Ukraine aid is designed primarily to appease House Republicans who don't want to vote for more aid to Ukraine. But it's also garnering applause from an unusual place: progressive Democrats who don't want to vote for more Israel aid. "I think it is a great plan," said Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who supports Ukraine aid but won't vote for unconditional Israel aid. Related storiesThat's led some progressives to refuse to get on board with the Senate-passed bill, even if they support Ukraine aid.
Persons: Mike Johnson, , Mike Johnson's, it's, Ilhan Omar, Minnesota, Omar, Biden, Israel, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Ro Khanna, Johnson, Khanna, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Abigail Spanberger Organizations: Service, Israel, GOP, Democratic Senate, Democrats, Republicans, Democratic, Senate, Republican, California, House Republicans Locations: Ukraine, Israel, Gaza, Alexandria, Taiwan, Virginia
In November, Mr. Gallego, who has no major primary challengers, is likely to face Kari Lake, a former television anchor and close ally of former President Donald J. Trump. Ms. Lake faces a primary challenger, Sheriff Mark Lamb of Pinal County, but leads him by a wide margin in polls. So far, Mr. Gallego has raised more money than Ms. Lake, who has not yet released her most recent quarterly fund-raising numbers. Ms. Lake is a more recent entrant to the race than Mr. Gallego, who announced his run in January 2023. In the last quarter of 2023, his campaign raised $3.3 million, while hers netted $2.1 million.
Persons: Ruben Gallego, Gallego, Kari Lake, Donald J, Kyrsten Sinema, Sheriff Mark Lamb Organizations: Democratic, Mr, Marine, Trump, Sheriff Locations: Arizona, Pinal County
Tammy Murphy, the wife of New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, announced Sunday that she would withdraw from the state's Democratic Senate primary contest. The winner of that June 4 election will become the favorite to replace indicted Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. Murphy's exit widens the path for Democratic Rep. Andy Kim to lock down his frontrunner status ahead of the primary. The Murphy campaign declined to provide further comment.
Persons: New Jersey Tammy Snyder Murphy, Philip D, Murphy, Tammy Murphy, Phil Murphy, Democratic Sen, Bob Menendez, Andy Kim, Menendez, Donald Trump, Kim, Larry Hamm, Patricia Campos, Medina, Steven Fulop, It's, Fulop Organizations: New Jersey Democratic Gov, Democratic Senate, Democratic, Democratic Rep, Democrat, Independent, Prosecutors, Benz, Republican, Jersey City Locations: New Jersey, of New Jersey, Trenton , New Jersey, United States, Monmouth County, NJ
Menendez announced Thursday that he would not run for reelection in the Democratic primary but again left open the possibility of an independent bid this summer. New Jersey Rep. Andy Kim greets supporters outside the Bergen County Democratic convention in Paramus on March 4, 2024. “Corrupt systems like the ‘county line’ in New Jersey (is) an enemy because that dissuades folks from actually getting involved. Kim speaks to delegates during the Bergen County Democratic convention in Paramus, New Jersey, on March 4, 2024. In Camden County, where the local boss keeps a tighter grip, video of another Senate candidate, progressive Patricia Campos-Medina, being blocked from entering the county Democratic convention went viral.
Persons: Andy Kim, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Tammy Murphy, Kim, Murphy, Sen, Bob Menendez, Menendez, Phil Murphy, Seth Wenig, Olivia Liu, , Trump, , Julia Sass Rubin, Rubin, ” Rubin, Sue Altman, ” Altman, Goldman Sachs, Cori Bush, Ezra Levin, Levin, ” Levin, isn’t MAGA, don’t, we’ll, Altman, Zahid Quraishi’s, ” “ I’m, ” Kim, , Kim’s, Alexandra Altman, Katey Sabo, Matt Platkin, Platkin, Governor Murphy, ” Murphy, Mahen Gunaratna, Patricia Campos, Rachel Hodes, ” Hodes, Steven Fulop, ” Fulop, “ I’ve Organizations: Jersey City , New Jersey CNN, Democratic, Garden State, Democrats, Capitol, New, . New, . New Jersey Rep, Bergen County Democratic, Tammany Hall of, New Jersey Democratic, , Asbury Park Press, USA, Though New, Though New Jersey Democrats, Congressional, Democratic National Committee, Justice Democrats, Democratic Party, Families Alliance, CNN, , Hoboken Democrats –, Hudson County Democratic Organization, Hoboken Democratic, Hoboken Democrats, Jersey City, Senate, New Jersey Republicans Locations: Jersey City , New Jersey, Trenton, South Jersey, New Jersey, Garden, ., . New Jersey, Bergen County, Paramus, Siberia, Long Branch , New Jersey, Rutgers, enmesh, Though, Though New Jersey, Alexandria, Cortez, New York, Missouri, Paramus , New Jersey, Jersey, Kim’s, Morris, Atlantic, Camden County, Medina, Hoboken
The Far Right Lost Badly and Wants Its Revenge
  + stars: | 2024-03-23 | by ( Carl Hulse | )   time to read: +1 min
As 2023 opened with Republicans newly in control of the House, the far-right members of the party considered themselves empowered when it came to federal spending, with increased muscle to achieve the budget cuts of their dreams. But it turned out that many of their Republican colleagues did not share their vision of stark fiscal restraint. Or at least not fervently enough to go up against a Democratic Senate and White House to try to bring it into fruition. Instead, Speaker Mike Johnson on Friday pushed through a $1.2 trillion bipartisan package to fund the government for the rest of the year, with none of the deep cuts or policy changes that ultraconservatives had demanded. Those on the right fringe have been left boiling mad and threatening to make him the second Republican speaker to be deposed this term.
Persons: Mike Johnson, ultraconservatives, , Thomas Massie, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Johnson Organizations: Democratic, White House, Republican Locations: Kentucky, Georgia
Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer revealed the agreement in a pair of statements on Tuesday morning. The actual legislative text of the agreement, which must be finalized before lawmakers can vote on it, is still being completed. The package was expected to cover about three-quarters of discretionary government spending, due to come in at about $1.66 trillion for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. Biden and House Republicans earlier this month laid out proposed budgets for the next fiscal year, which begins in October, that offered sharply contrasting priorities. Democrats and Republicans in Congress have been fighting since early last year on funding levels amid a push by hardline House Republicans to cut more spending than had been agreed to in a bipartisan deal enacted into law last June.
Persons: Charles Schumer, Mike Johnson, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Chuck Schumer, Biden, Johnson Organizations: U.S, Capitol, Republican, Democrat, Congress, Department of Homeland Security, Democratic, U.S ., House Republicans, Russia, Republicans Locations: U.S, Mexico, Ukraine
What a Trump 2.0 Economy Would Look Like
  + stars: | 2024-03-15 | by ( Tim Smart | )   time to read: +10 min
Overall, the Biden economic plan draws less than favorable reviews from voters. So, too, are promises of more tax cuts and a sharp curtailment of immigration. Trump was upset in 2019 that Powell was not doing enough to lower interest rates and stimulate the economy. The Trump tax cuts are set to expire in 2025, giving a second Trump administration the opportunity to fight that battle again. “A Trump 2.0 presidency would inherit very large fiscal deficits from the Biden Administration, rising interest expenses and an economy probably more prone to bouts of inflation,” the report said.
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But some allies of the White House on Capitol Hill have made clear that there is not enough support – including among Democrats – to confirm Mangi in the full Senate, those sources said. The controversy surrounding Mangi’s nomination comes at a moment of heightened political tensions across the country since Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel. The White House and Democratic lawmakers have pushed back, accusing Republicans of Islamophobic attacks that are based on Mangi’s ethnic background and touting support from Jewish groups. The White House has also called on senators such as Cruz to apologize to Mangi. “Treatment of this highly qualified nominee has sometimes reached an all-time low.”CNN has reached out to Durbin’s office for additional comment.
Persons: Adeel Mangi, Joe Biden’s, Biden, Mangi, , Texas Republican Sen, Ted Cruz, Rutgers University –, Cruz, ” Cruz, ” Mangi, , , Jeff Zientz, Shuwanza Goff, White, Ed Siskel, Andrew Bates, ’ ” Bates, “ Mr, Dick Durbin, ” Durbin Organizations: Washington CNN —, Democratic, CNN, US, Appeals, White, Capitol, Texas Republican, Center for Security, Rights, Rutgers University, White House, Defamation League, Senate, Committee, House Locations: New York, Israel
Georgia Republican Primary Election Results
  + stars: | 2024-03-12 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
Polls close at 7 p.m. Eastern time. In the 2022 Democratic Senate primary, first votes were reported 22 minutes later, and the last update of the night was at 3:25 a.m. Eastern time with 98 percent of votes reported. Voters do not register by party, but they must participate in only one party’s primary election.
Organizations: Democratic
Georgia Democratic Primary Election Results
  + stars: | 2024-03-12 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
Polls close at 7 p.m. Eastern time. In the 2022 Democratic Senate primary, first votes were reported 22 minutes later, and the last update of the night was at 3:25 a.m. Eastern time with 98 percent of votes reported. Voters do not register by party, but they must participate in only one party’s primary election.
Organizations: Democratic
The ex-president will be in Eagle Pass, scene of a border showdown between the Biden administration and Texas Republican Gov. “He spent three years not going to the border,” Trump told Real America’s Voice Tuesday. But White House and Biden campaign officials see a unique opportunity for Biden to point the finger at Republicans on border security. The American voters will see it,” Cedric Richmond, a Biden campaign co-chair, told CNN. And Biden’s decision to immediately undo multiple Trump immigration policies offered an opening to the GOP.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, They’re, Biden, Greg Abbott, Trump, who’s, Biden’s, Reagan, , ” Trump, ” Biden, it’s, Abbott, Ron DeSantis, Republicans don’t, ” Cedric Richmond, , , “ Trump, Alejandro Mayorkas, Mike Johnson, we’re, Laken Hope Riley, Sean Hannity, Alayna Treene Organizations: CNN, Texas Republican Gov, White, Trump, Democratic, Black, State of, Union, Real America’s, Republican, Florida Gov, Biden, Republicans, Democrats, GOP, Homeland, Conservative Political, Conference, Shelby Park, Augusta University, Fox News, Washington Locations: Texas, Eagle, Brownsville, Gaza, State, Mexico, Ukraine, Washington, DC, Asia, Africa, Rio Grande
CNN —House Speaker Mike Johnson has the fate of a democracy and a people in his hands. It’s not the United States, which will survive – even if the coming general election results in another existential test for the constitutional system. Johnson, a backbencher who was the last-ditch choice to lead the mutinous House GOP majority last year, could relieve Ukraine’s agony and help ensure its survival as an independent nation in the coming days. Nothing can be guaranteed in a fractious Congress, with a House GOP majority that has rendered the United States close to ungovernable and is threatening America’s global leadership role. And history is watching whether Speaker Johnson will put that bill on the floor.
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Mitch McConnell had long prided himself on maintaining GOP unity during his 17-year tenure as Senate GOP leader. Now they’ve spilled into public view as the Kentucky Republican heads into what could be his final year as leader. “We did what Donald Trump wanted.”With McConnell’s backing, the Senate is now taking a different approach. “Sen Cruz talks every day with his colleagues, and his conversations with fellow senators are confidential,” the Cruz spokesperson said. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, a Republican from Alabama and close Trump ally, said that “everybody” has concerns about McConnell’s handling of the talks.
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Larry Hogan announced Friday that he is running for US Senate this year, providing Republicans with a strong candidate in their bid to flip a seat in a deep-blue state. It’s what I did as Maryland’s governor, and it’s exactly how I’ll serve Maryland in the Senate. “I would pay a significant amount for a ticket to watch Chuck Schumer’s face right now,” Josh Holmes, the top political adviser to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, posted on X. Though he was personally popular during his two terms as governor, the state Republican Party has veered very much toward Trump. In recent decades, Maryland has been dominated by the Democratic Party at the state and federal levels.
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Look no further than Tuesday night when House Republicans plowed ahead with two votes that they didn't have to hold. AdvertisementAcross the Capitol, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing increasing calls for him to step aside after conservatives nuked a bipartisan border security-Ukraine aid deal that some Republicans themselves said they had wanted. After all, it was Trump who instructed Republicans to kill the bipartisan immigration deal before the text was actually released. "Politics used to be the art of the possible," Sen. Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican, told reporters, per Semafor. "Some of them have been very clear with me that they have political differences with the bill," Lankford said in a floor speech on Wednesday.
Persons: Mike Johnson, befuddled, Al Green, it's, Johnson, Mitch McConnell, nuked, McConnell, Trump, Donald Trump, George W, Bush, Sen, Mitt Romney, We've, James Lankford, Lankford, Joe Biden Organizations: Service, Republicans, Republican Party, Business, GOP, Texas Democrat, Politico, Democratic, Democratic Senate, Utah Republican, Chamber of Commerce, Border Patrol Union, Trump, Oklahoma Republican Locations: Washington, Texas, Ukraine, Iraq, Utah, Oklahoma
Bill would mean a huge change in the lawThe border compromise would represent a dramatic change of immigration law on lines many Republicans have long supported. 2 won only GOP support when it passed the House and all those who voted for it knew there was never a chance it could get through a Democratic Senate and White House. “Any national security package has to begin with the security of our own border,” Johnson said in December. “Only a fool, or a Radical Left Democrat, would vote for this horrendous Border Bill,” the ex-president wrote on Truth Social on Monday. “This is the chaos when Donald Trump is back in charge of the Republican Party,” Murphy told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
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BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate approved a sweeping gun bill Thursday designed to crack down on “ghost guns,” toughen the state’s prohibition on assault weapons and outlaw devices that convert semiautomatic firearms into fully automatic machine guns. On ghost guns, the bill would toughen oversight for those who own privately made, unserialized firearms that are largely untraceable. In 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice reported recovering 25,785 ghost guns in domestic seizures. In October, the Massachusetts House approved its own gun bill aimed at tightening firearm laws, also cracking down on ghost guns. “There’s a lot of new stuff, industry stuff, machine gun stuff, definitions that are weird so that’s why the (Senate) bill should have gone to a separate hearing,” he said.
Persons: , Karen Spilka, Glock, Jim Wallace, he’d, what’s, John Rosenthal Organizations: BOSTON, The Massachusetts Senate, Supreme, Democratic, U.S . Department of Justice, Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts House Locations: The Massachusetts, U.S, Massachusetts
The budding love story featuring music superstar Taylor Swift and Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce took an unexpected turn into the world of political conspiracy theories this week after the team advanced to the Super Bowl. Pop culture and politics have long been entwined. “Pop culture people identify with this stuff, they pay attention to it. It’s attention and identity,” Joel Penney, an associate professor at Montclair State University whose research includes the intersection of politics and pop culture, said. “That question of, does this stuff work in pop culture?
Persons: Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce, Swift, Joe Biden, Vivek Ramaswamy, Laura Loomer, Alison Steinberg, Kelce, ” Joel Penney, Donald Trump's, Penney, Biden, “ Young, , Henry Jenkins, they’re, Phil Bredesen, Jim Cooper, Marsha Blackburn, Blackburn, Kamala Harris, ” Kelce, Bill Clinton, Johnny Cash, Mary Tyler Moore, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, ” Penney Organizations: Kansas City Chiefs, Super, Chiefs, Republican, America News Network, Montclair State University, University of Southern, Tennessee’s Democratic, Democratic House, U.S . Rep, V, Centers for Disease Control, Pfizer, MTV, White Locations: Las Vegas, U.S, University of Southern California, America, Arkansas
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