Biden's prism of loss: A public man, shaped by private grief On the night before Joe Biden's world collapsed, he sat in a picture-perfect scene with his wife by the fireside in their Delaware living room. Biden, the hotshot senator-elect at just 30, was reflecting on the big things he would do when he got to Washington. It was one week out from Christmas in 1972, and Neilia, also 30, was addressing holiday cards as her husband rambled on. But then she interrupted his musings to share an ill premonition. "What's going to happen, Joey?" she asked her husband, in Biden's later recounting. "Things are too good." One day later, Neilia and the couple's 13-month old daughter, Naomi, were dead. Sons
ADA, Ohio -- I miss Barack Obama. I was 10 years old when he was elected. He will always be the president of my childhood. His optimism and his inclusivity made me fall in love with politics. These qualities have been sorely lacking in President Donald Trump, and I am hopeful that among the many Democrats vying for the nomination, several are able to measure up to President Obama. One thing is clear to me and many in my generation. To paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen: “Joe Biden is no Barack Obama.” Although Biden is the front-runner and served as Obama's vice president, he is a relic of the past, rather than the heir-apparent. In the first Democratic debate, U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California was
Electability is king in the 2020 Democratic primary as voters are choosing candidates they think their fellow citizens would support—not the ones they actually like best.
Democrat presidential front-runner Joe Biden told a Massachusetts fundraiser Saturday "there's an awful lot of really good Republicans" with whom he successfully worked when he was vice president, as he defended his cooperative approach, The Hill reports. Why it matters: Biden has been criticized by some Democrats for having worked with Republicans. But at an event in Harwich Port, he hit back at his 2020 rivals for promising executive orders to achieve policy priorities rather than working to generate consensus, the Washington Examiner notes. "You have to generate a consensus," he said, according to a pool report. Go deeper: Joe Biden on the issues, in under 500 words
Sanders, the Vermont senator whose struggles with black voters helped cost him the 2016 nomination, told the Young Leaders Conference that his family history shapes his approach to President Donald Trump's rhetoric and the rise of white nationalism in the United States. "I'm Jewish. My family came from Poland. My father's whole family was wiped out by Hitler and his white nationalism," Sanders said at the forum led by the Black Church PAC, a political action committee formed by prominent black pastors. "We will go to war against white nationalism and racism in every aspect of our lives," Sanders said, promising to use the "bully pulpit" to unite instead of divide. Warren, a Massachusetts senator
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(Bloomberg) -- Elizabeth Warren is the second choice for the greatest number of Democratic primary voters, suggesting more upside for the Massachusetts senator as the field begins to narrow.Polls have consistently shown that Joe Biden is the first choice of a plurality of Democrats. But he’s still well under 50%, giving ample room for Democrats to coalesce around another candidate.A new Pew Research Center survey suggests that other than Biden, Warren is best positioned to be that candidate. She’s the first choice of 16% of Democrats, but the second choice of 21%. She does particularly well as the second choice for supporters of Senator Kamala Harris, 31%, and Senator Bernie Sanders at 29%.The survey has implications for the ability of Democrats to unite behind their nominee to run against President Donald Trump. Deep divisions between Hillary Clinton and Sanders supporters in 2016 continued to dampen enthusiasm for Clinton in the general election.There’s still that danger. Supporters of Biden and Sanders are more likely to say their candidate is the only one they’re excited about: 31% of Biden supporters and 32% of Sanders supporters could not name a second-place candidate.Sanders to Call for Electrifying Everything (1:56 P.M.)Sanders’ latest idea to fight climate change? Electrify everything.A climate plan being crafted by the Vermont senator to aggressively transition the nation away from fossil fuels will include a focus on electrification -- a growing movement that seeks to electrify technologies powered by combustion, a senior campaign aide said.The concept has been getting a second look from environmentalists and climate experts who say powering everything from hot-water heaters to school buses from electricity generated using carbon-free sources like renewables instead of natural gas and other fossil fuels will be necessary to reach the greenhouse gas reductions required to avert a global warming crisis.It remains to be seen when Sanders, who is said to be working on major climate legislation, will release his proposal, though the pressure is on for him to do so. Sanders, a backer of the Green New Deal who has called for banning fracking and new fossil fuel projects, is one of the last remaining Democratic candidates to release a detailed plan for dealing with global warming.He teamed up last month with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, author of the Green New Deal, to introduce a resolution that declared the existence of a “climate emergency which demands a massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse, and address its consequences and causes.” -- Ari NatterWarren Offers Initiatives for Native Americans (12:37 P.M.)Warren called for the protection of tribal lands and bolstering funding for Native programs Friday as she rolled out a detailed policy to address issues within the Native American community.Warren, who has been dogged by controversy over her own claims to Native American heritage, also is co-sponsoring legislation with Representative Deb Haaland, a New Mexico Democrat and a Native American, to address funding disparities for Native communities. Haaland endorsed Warren’s presidential bid last month.“We are failing in our legal, political, and moral obligations toward tribal governments and indigenous peoples,” Warren wrote in a Medium post. “That this failure is simply the latest chapter in generations of prior failures is no excuse.”She is set to attend a presidential forum on American Indian issues in Sioux City, Iowa, next week. It will be the first time Warren will speak at length about Native issues since she released a widely criticized video last year of her taking a DNA test that showed distant American Indian ancestry.Trump has derisively referred to Warren, of Massachusetts, as “Pocahontas” over the course of her political career, and he said he would be bringing back the nickname in the near future.“I hit her really hard and it looked like she was down and out but that was too long ago, I should’ve waited,” the president said Thursday at a rally in New Hampshire. “But don’t worry, we will revive it.” -- Tyler PagerO’Rourke Pushes to Combat White Supremacy, Guns (7 A.M.)Beto O’Rourke, seeking to reset his struggling campaign, rolled out a plan Friday aimed at combating “hate and violence” in the U.S. after a mass shooting seemingly inspired by white supremacy in his hometown of El Paso, Texas.The plan would require the FBI and Justice Department to make right-wing violence a priority and establish white nationalism as a terrorist threat.O’Rourke proposed to nudge social media companies to set up operations to remove “hateful activities” on their websites to limit the proliferation of such thinking.His plan also includes gun control measures such as universal background checks, banning assault weapons, a gun registry and licensing system and a mandatory buyback program for banned firearms. -- Sahil KapurComing Up* The Democratic National Committee holds its meeting Aug. 22-24 in San Francisco. All Democratic presidential candidates are expected to speak.* The next round of Democratic presidential debates is Sept. 12-13 in Houston. So far, nine candidates have qualified to participate.\--With assistance from Sahil Kapur, Tyler Pager and Ari Natter.To contact the reporter on this story: Gregory Korte in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at firstname.lastname@example.org, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(JTA) — Democratic presidential front-runners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all joined the list of politicians and organizations that have criticized Israel's decision on Thursday to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country. “I have always been a stalwart supporter of Israel — a vital partner that shares our democratic values,” Biden, the former vice president, posted on Twitter. “No democracy should deny entry to visitors based on the content of their ideas — even ideas they strongly object to. And no leader of the free world should encourage them to do so.” Sanders called on Netanyahu to reverse the decision. The Vermont senator tweeted that barring
At least four Democratic presidential hopefuls — Joe Biden, Julián Castro, Joe Sestak and Marianne Williamson — are expected to attend an LGBTQ forum in Iowa on Sept. 20. The event at Coe College in Cedar Rapids will be hosted by One Iowa, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy group; The Gazette, a daily in Eastern Iowa; and The Advocate, an LGBTQ magazine. The candidates will address the audience before a question-and-answer session with the three moderators, one from each of the host organizations. Courtney Reyes, the interim director of One Iowa, said the event will "focus on LGBTQ people in the heartland and their needs." “The overarching narrative that LGBTQ people in the U.S. live in urban coastal
If anyone has a shot of presenting a serious challenge to President Donald Trump’s re-election, it’s this Democrat, Lindsey Graham said.
A donor with deep ties to Ukraine loaned Joe Biden's younger brother half-a-million dollars at the same time the then-vice president oversaw U.S. policy toward the country, according to public records reviewed by POLITICO. The 2015 loan came as Biden's brother faced financial difficulties related to his acquisition of a multimillion-dollar vacation home, nicknamed “the Biden Bungalow,” in South Florida. There is no indication that the loan influenced Joe Biden's official actions, but it furthers a decadeslong pattern, detailed in a POLITICO investigation earlier this month, by which relatives of the former vice president have leaned on his political allies for money and otherwise benefited financially from the Biden name. Details of the loan are laid out in property records in Collier County, Florida, where Biden's younger brother, James, and James' wife Sara, owned until recently a home on Keewaydin Island.
Saying the potential conflicts of interest were reminiscent of the controversial "Uranium One" transaction, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced Thursday he is probing the Obama administration's 2015 decision to approve the sale of a sensitive U.S. technology company to the Chinese government and an investment firm run by the sons of Joe Biden and John Kerry. Hunter Biden's business dealings in Ukraine have already become a liability for the elder Biden's frontrunning presidential campaign, and the new investigation could lead to further allegations of corruption. Joe Biden has bragged about pressuring Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor in 2016, and critics said the then-vice
An old photograph of former Vice President Joe Biden has been circulating online as some social media users try to tie the Democratic presidential candidate to the KKK. "Biden with the Grand wizard of the KKK," the Aug. 9 post says. "So who again is playing you, lying to you, using you for the votes, Creators of the KKK, opposed civil right (sic) of blacks. Yup thats (sic) the Democratic party." The black and white photo beneath the words shows Biden holding hands with then-Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who the post identifies as a "KKK leader." The post, which had been shared more than 1,400 times by Aug. 15, was flagged as part of Facebook's efforts to combat false news
A woman claiming to be an Iowa college student asked Joe Biden how many genders there are. Tough spot for Fossil Fuel Joe who said, “There are at least three.” When the woman followed up with can you name them, Joe responded, “Don't play games with me, kid.” Chris Cuomo, who did not go fishing yesterday, commended Biden for his patience saying he would have “thrown you down the stairs like a f—ing punk.” If you believe the Mets are in the wild-card chase (I do), then so is Philly. Difference is the Mets can pitch. Philly can't. Drew Smyly, who has had as much to smile about lately as Stitches, takes his turn for the Phils. Smyly allowed four runs at Frisco but walked away with a no-decision in