Tag: Joe Biden

New Intelligence Head Could Aid Trump Election Campaign

Read: America’s Trumpiest ambassador In steps Grenell, who has no intelligence background but has made it clear he will aggressively push Trump’s line. The Wall Street Journal called him “Trump’s favorite ambassador,” reporting that the president is impressed with his combative tone on TV and social media and has called Grenell someone who “gets it.” To be fair, it’s still unclear what kind of DNI Grenell will be or even how long his tenure will last. Under federal guidelines, Grenell can stay in his post only until mid-March, unless Trump nominates a permanent director by then. This would allow his ... Read more

A Debate With No Winners, Only Survivors

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4 takeaways from the South Carolina debate

The 10th Democratic debate was billed as the most consequential of the primary thus far, but Tuesday night’s high-stakes affair was at times awkward and unfocused as moderators struggled to rein in candidates desperate to make one last splash before Saturday’s primary in South Carolina and Super Tuesday. The big picture: After cementing himself as the Democratic favorite with a sweeping win in Nevada, Sen. Bernie Sanders came under fire as the front-runner for the first time on the debate stage. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who will be on the ballot for the first time next Tuesday, was ... Read more

Debate night: Candidates’ last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to keep his momentum after winning contests in New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hopes to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates are just trying to hang on. What’s happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday. They’re talking about health care, Russian interference in the election, the economy, gun control, marijuana, education, and race. Of note: Within two debates, Michael Bloomberg has emerged as a lightning ... Read more

What to watch in tonight’s debate

Bernie Sanders is now the clear frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight’s debate in Charleston, South Carolina — especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate. Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That’s a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests. Democrats mostly ... Read more

Joe Biden’s Last Stand in South Carolina

Two weeks before the South Carolina Democratic primary, which will be held on Saturday, Kevin Freel packed a cooler with Yuenglings and big oil cans of Foster’s and drove six hundred and fifty miles, from Delaware, to knock on doors for his old friend Joe Biden. He’d done the same in Iowa, which was a thousand miles from home. “This might be Joe’s last stand,” Freel told me. “I figure, I ought to stand with him.” It is hard to imagine a more apt surrogate: Freel is a tall, shoulder-slapping, seventy-year-old Irish-Catholic from the Eastern Seaboard—he grew up in New ... Read more

MAGA Heads to India: The Politics Daily

The Trump-Modi bromance may have something to do with their populist, us-versus-them panache: Trump sought to implement a version of a Muslim ban; Modi has done basically just that. Trump blasts the press as “fake news”; Modi’s government has cracked down on unfavorable media outlets. As intolerance and division in both societies erode their democracies, I fear that the leaders may reinforce each other’s worst instincts,” William J. Burns, a former deputy secretary of state, writes, worrying about the type of relationship that is developing between both countries. Read his full essay. —Saahil Desai * « SNAPSHOT » ... Read more

Bernie Sanders overwhelms foes in Nevada; Pete Buttigieg alleges irregularities

Feb. 23 (UPI) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders maintained a commanding lead in the Nevada caucuses on Sunday morning with more than half the votes counted. Multiple media outlets declared the Vermont senator the winner on Saturday evening after he won a plurality of delegates and he had 46 percent of delegate equivalents at 3,523 with 60 percent of precincts reporting. Sanders remained well ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden, who earned 1,496 state delegate equivalents at 19.6 percent, and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 1,172 at 15.3 percent. “In Nevada we have just put ... Read more

Sanders sails to third consecutive primary victory in Nevada

Feb. 22 (UPI) — Bernie Sanders claimed a third consecutive victory Saturday as multiple media outlets declared him the winner of the Nevada caucuses shortly after 5 p.m. “The president — I know he gets upset very very easily. So don’t tell him we’re gonna beat him,” Sanders told a cheering crowd in San Antonio, Texas, Saturday evening. “In Nevada we have just put together a multi-generational, multiracial coalition which is not only going to win in Nevada, it’s going to sweep this country,” Sanders said. Former vice president Joe Biden was an early leader in polls in Nevada, but ... Read more

Centrist Democrats beseech 2020 candidates: “Stand up to Bernie” or Trump wins

Center-left think tank Third Way urgently called on the Democratic front-runners of the 2020 presidential election to challenge Sen. Bernie Sanders on the South Carolina debate stage on Feb. 25, in a memo provided to Axios’ Mike Allen on Saturday. What they’re saying: “At the Las Vegas debate … you declined to really challenge Senator Sanders. If you repeat this strategy at the South Carolina debate this week, you could hand the nomination to Sanders, likely dooming the Democratic Party — and the nation — to Trump and sweeping down-ballot Republican victories in November.” “We have seen this movie before. ... Read more