Democrats

Gabbard Resists Impeachment As “Terribly Divisive”

The Hill reports: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) resisted calls for impeachment as more Democratic representatives are requesting inquiries begin. The Democratic presidential candidate told Fox News she will attend the House Speaker’s scheduled meeting Wednesday to discuss next steps, but impeachment would be “terribly divisive.” “I’ve been consistent in saying I believe that impeachment at this juncture would be terribly …

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Bernie Outdoes Warren With Stiffer “Wealth Tax” Plan

Axios reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders has released a wealth tax that’s even more aggressive than Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “ultra-millionaire tax.” Axios first reported Sanders’ proposal. Why it matters: Sanders keeps trying to remind voters that he’s the original when it comes to progressive policy in the 2020 field, but he’s being eclipsed at every turn by the surging Warren. The …

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Politico: Dem Holdouts Rush Toward Impeachment

Politico reports: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and party leaders are ramping up their offensive against President Donald Trump for pressuring Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden — with a potential House vote on a resolution condemning Trump as the caucus edges toward impeachment. Pelosi spent all weekend and Monday working the phones, including reaching out to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry …

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CALIFORNIA: Warren +8 Over Bernie In New Poll

Capitol Weekly reports: The latest monthly tracking poll for California’s March 2020 Democratic primary election shows Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren increasing her share of the vote, for the first time pushing former Vice President Joe Biden down to third place among likely voters. This survey again shows there are a set of leading candidates, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and …

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DNC Raises Debate Qualification Threshold Yet Again

NBC News reports: The Democratic National Committee is raising the qualification threshold for the November presidential debate, but the jump is less steep than previous increases. To qualify, candidates will need to hit 3 percent support in at least four early state or national polls that meet the DNC’s methodological requirements, up from 2 percent for the September and October …

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Cory Booker Sees Fundraising Surge After Warning

The New Jersey Globe reports: Cory Booker raised $500,000 in the last 48 hours, his campaign manager said this morning. That gives the New Jersey Senator 29% of what he needs to raise over the next eight days. Addisu Demissie announced on Saturday that Booker would be forced to end his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination if the …

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AOC Blasts Dems For Dragging Feet On Impeachment

The Hill reports: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called out Democrats late Saturday for what she called their “refusal” to impeach President Trump. The freshman Democrat’s comments came after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), a Democratic presidential candidate, made similar comments Friday evening, tweeting that “Congress had a duty to begin impeachment” against Trump after former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report …

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Elizabeth Warren +2 Over Biden In New Iowa Poll

The Des Moines Register reports: Elizabeth Warren has surged in Iowa, narrowly overtaking Joe Biden and distancing herself from fellow progressive Bernie Sanders, the latest Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows. Warren, the U.S. senator from Massachusetts, now holds a 2-percentage-point lead, with 22% of likely Democratic caucusgoers saying she is their first choice for president. It is the first …

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Dem Rep. Joe Kennedy Challenges Dem Sen. Ed Markey

The Associated Press reports: U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III formally declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Saturday, becoming the first member of the Kennedy political dynasty to bid for the upper chamber of Congress since Edward M. Kennedy in 1962. The Massachusetts Democrat formally announced his campaign in an email before a kickoff event in East Boston, where …

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Booker Campaign Warns That End Might Be Near

NBC News reports: Sen. Cory Booker must raise nearly $2 million in the next 10 days or the presidential candidate has no “legitimate long-term path forward,” according to a memo to staff from the campaign manager obtained by NBC News. The struggling candidate’s campaign manager, Addisu Demissie, warned that after weaker-than-expected fundraising in the early part of September, the campaign …

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Biden Defends Track Record At LGBTQ Forum [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. found himself fending off new questions about his decades-long record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, in a testy exchange with a female moderator who described his treatment of her as “condescending.” During a Friday night forum focused on L.G.B.T.Q. issues, Mr. Biden seemed to recoil from …

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Working Families Party Faces Abuse Over Warren Nod

The Rising reports: An official at the Working Families Party (WFP) said Friday that he — and many of his fellow staffers — have faced a deluge of violent, racist, and sexist attacks following the progressive group’s endorsement of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). “There’s been good faith debate and conversations on the Internet — and I’m here for all of …

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DNC Set To Squeeze Debate Stage Criteria Yet Again

Politico reports: As Democratic presidential candidates barrel into the fall, they are still waiting for the party to write the rules for the most important events of the campaign. The candidates are bracing for another round of strict new debate criteria from the Democratic National Committee, which has already halved the list of candidates making the debate stage and could …

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Bill De Blasio Drops Out Of Presidential Race

CNBC reports: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has abandoned his long-shot campaign to win the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination. He announced his decision Friday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” De Blasio’s withdrawal from the race came after months of failing to improve what was persistently ultra-low support in opinion polls tracking voters’ preferences for Democratic contenders vying …

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NEW YORK CITY: AOC Gets Dem Primary Challenger

Gothamist reports: A Queens community activist has just announced a primary campaign for Congress. You may have heard of her opponent: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the current incumbent. Plenty of Republicans have filed to run for Ocasio-Cortez’s seat representing New York’s 14th congressional district. Republicans do not care for AOC, unless you consider Fox News mentioning her 3,181 times in six …

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Matt Drudge: The Nomination Is Warren’s To Lose

The Hill reports: Matt Drudge declared that the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination is “Elizabeth Warren’s nomination to lose” in a rare commentary late Wednesday on Twitter to his more than 500,000 followers. The tweet from the reclusive Drudge also includes a photo of a Monday Warren rally in NYC’s Washington Square Park that drew an estimated 20,000 people. President Trump …

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Four Democrats Top Trump In New Fox News Poll

Fox News reports: Fifty-nine percent of voters are extremely interested in the 2020 presidential election. That’s a number typically only seen right before an election. It’s 27 points higher than around this same time in the last presidential cycle — and only one point off the record 60 percent extremely interested the week before Election Day in 2008. Joe Biden …

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Biden And Warren Neck-And-Neck In New Iowa Poll

The Hill reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) lead a new poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers by a wide margin as Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) fade. The poll was conducted for Focus on Rural America, a Democratic group run by former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge (D) and Iowa political strategist Jeff …

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Jimmy Carter Hopes Presidency Has An “Age Limit”

The Associated Press reports: Weeks shy of his 95th birthday, former President Jimmy Carter said he doesn’t believe he could have managed the most powerful office in the world at 80 years old. Carter, who earlier this year became the longest-lived chief executive in American history, didn’t tie his comments to any of his fellow Democrats running for president in …

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Sen. Kamala Harris Slow Jams The News [VIDEO]

The Huffington Post reports: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) became the first woman to “Slow Jam The News” on “The Tonight Show” Monday and, oh baby, it was “Hot Girl Summer.” Host Jimmy Fallon joined Tariq Trotter of The Roots, and Harris rapped some sweet resistance. “Ever since Barack left, we’ve been off track. But Kamala is trying to get us …

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