Elizabeth Warren, age 22, with daughter, Amelia. Photo: Elizabeth Warren Campaign So far, there are six women running for president of the United States in 2020, and many of the most prominent politicians of the moment are the women of the new congressional class. We are, for the first time in American history, talking about a slew of political leaders who are mothers of young children, mothers of grown children, stepmothers, grandmothers, and not mothers at all. But one of the oddest side effects of this entrance of so many women with their different approaches to parenthood is that I can’t stop thinking about the fathers and non-fathers out there. Our political history is built around fathers — starting with the forefathers. In the White House alone, we’ve had fathers of one, fathers of 15 (hey, John Tyler), and fathers of none (six presidents have had no children of their own, though some of those, including George Washington, have raised stepchildren). But the … [Read more...] about Mom vs. Dad on the Road to 2020
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Black activists fear that their legitimate concerns about Democratic candidates for president in the 2020 primary are now being drowned out online by a spiraling argument about who is and isn’t fake.Activists trying to spread information or opinions on Twitter about specific candidates have been shouted down by other activists who say the hashtags they’re using are overrun by bots, Russians, or trolls — a fight made only more complicated by the actual presence of bad actors across the platform.“There are real black people criticizing these candidates rightfully, but there are also fake accounts out there just looking to take advantage of any tension they can find in the community,” Shireen Mitchell, the founder of Stop Online Violence Against Women, told BuzzFeed News.Like others, she said she’s concerned that hysteria over bots could push conversations spurred by real activists aside. “Everybody is a ‘bot’ now and no one can have a … [Read more...] about Real Black Activists Worry Fake Ones Will Drown Them Out On Twitter
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE March 1, 2019, 1:33 PM GMT By WASHINGTON — Democrats have a problem on their hands. How do they reconcile their growing belief that President Trump has committed crimes — especially after Michael Cohen’s testimony on Wednesday — with their hesitation/reluctance to consider impeachment? “Impeachment is the most serious thing you can do in American democracy. So it’s not ever something that you can take lightly,” Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, told MSNBC’s Kay Tur yesterday. “It’s something that obviously you need a big number of members of congress to believe in and to buy into and really for the American people to believe in.” Yes, going down Impeachment Road is a political risk. (Hello, Newt Gingrich and congressional Republicans!) And yes, Democrats want to wait for … [Read more...] about Democrats face a dilemma on impeachment
Washington (CNN)Does she have 'it'? Modern presidential campaign season often begins with the political chattering class -- voters, reporters, pundits, activists, strategists -- asking this hard to quantify, yet somehow answerable, question. Granted, some voters see the focus on personality rather than policy as exactly what's wrong with political journalism, but personality and identity certainly matter to voters, even if they don't want to admit it. Obama had "it." George W. Bush had "it," too. Reagan really had "it"... the Hollywood thing helped. Kamala Harris issues call to action against Trump in new memoir In some ways, Kamala Harris' "it-ness" precedes her. As a woman of African-American and Indian descent, she has already made all sorts of history in California as the first this and the first that during her career as San Francisco district attorney, California attorney general and US senator. But what does "it" even look like on a national female candidate? This … [Read more...] about What is ‘it’ and does Kamala Harris have it?
In politics, enemies are easier to quarrel with than friends. An opponent disagreeing with you is business as usual. Dissent from someone you expected to be on your side can prove a lot more volatile. Formal alliances have methods of reining in such tensions. In June, when President Trump unexpectedly canceled military exercises with South Korea, Jim Mattis, the secretary of defense, set to work reassuring partners in the region, standing beside Japan’s minister of defense to affirm that “our commitment to this alliance remains ironclad.” And after Trump suggested in an interview this month that the British prime minister, Theresa May, had “wrecked” Brexit, May shelved any resentment she might have held to appear at a joint news conference with the president the next day and declare that her plan would be “very good for both of our countries.” In less formal partnerships, though, tensions tend to escalate. Earlier this year, on the same March … [Read more...] about Can Your ‘Ally’ Want Things You Don’t?