Kamala Harris' well-received debate performance, including her searing confrontation with Joe Biden over his opposition to school busing in the 1970s, is bringing her own experience as a child of busing into fuller focus. The California senator won the most attention among any of the ten candidates onstage Thursday night, the second straight night of candidate face-offs. Harris, 54, jabbed at the former vice president over his decades-old fight against busing in Delaware. Harris talked up busing as just the type of progressive public policy approach that gave her opportunity as a youngster in the East Bay during the 1960s and 1970s. Harris also took the opportunity under the debate klieg lights to hit Biden, Barack Obama's vice president, for his reminiscences about working with notorious segregation-era senators. "It was not only that," she said about Biden's boasts of working with the likes of Sens. James O. Eastland, D-Mississippi and Herman Talmadge, D-Georgia. "There was a … [Read more...] about Oakland busing now at center of Kamala Harris campaign bio
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The Kamala Harris campaign is fundraising off of a viral confrontation at the Democratic debate between her and Joe Biden over race. Perhaps the most memorable moment of Thursday’s debate was a jab from the California senator directed at the 76-year-old Biden over racial issues. She declared, “ That little girl is me,” in regard to Biden’s past reticence over forced integration of public schools through busing. She had previously criticized Biden’s recent comments about working with two notorious segregationists decades ago. “It was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing. There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bused to school every day,” Harris, 54, told Biden. “That little girl was me.” During the debate, her campaign tweeted out a photo of her as a young child with pigtails and staring fiercely into the camera. The caption read, … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris fundraising off ‘that little girl was me’ shirts
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?