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Bernie Sanders and the Promised Land: The Vermont Senator Ends His Campaign for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination

For half a decade and counting, American politics has been dominated by the ideas, personalities, and followings of two geriatric outer-borough New Yorkers. One is the brash, narcissistic son of a Queens real-estate tycoon, who inherited a fortune and spent the nineteen-eighties and nineties compulsively stamping his name on as many products—buildings, casinos, steaks—as he could, a master huckster who rose to power after realizing that he could fuse the racist, reactionary politics of twentieth-century New York City tabloids with the racist, reactionary politics of the twenty-first-century Republican Party. The other is the self-assured son of two working-class Jews in ... Read more

Bernie Sanders’s legacy is secure, despite dropping out of the Democratic presidential primary

Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign is over. And unlike his 2016 run, which surely counted as a kind of moral victory, his 2020 loss is a much more crushing and definitive defeat. But what remains true is that Sanders ignited a movement that rapidly pulled the party further left than was imaginable just four years ago. His ideas are the future. That’s Sanders’s victory. Democratic Party primary voters picked a party stalwart in former Vice President Joe Biden over a quasi-outsider promising a revolution. But they did so in part because mainstream figures know how to bend with the wind ... Read more

Bernie Might Be Losing the Democratic Primary, But He’s Still a Force To Be Reckoned With

Op-Ed berniesanders.com via Getty ImagesIn this webcast screen shot, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont talks about his plan to deal with the coronavirus pandemic on March 17, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (berniesanders.com via Getty Images) Presidential hopeful and self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders is losing the Democratic vote to former Vice President Joe Biden. Nonetheless, the Vermont senator remains convinced that he has the upper hand “ideologically” among voters. “While our campaign has won the ideological debate, we are losing the debate over electability,” Sanders said last month, following a massive blow to his campaign in recent primaries. ... Read more

Wisconsin election results: State Supreme Court and Democratic primary winners

The Wisconsin election is moving forward despite fears about the coronavirus and days of wrangling over whether to postpone voting until the summer, as multiple other states have done. The results won’t come quite so speedily. It’s Joe Biden versus Bernie Sanders on the Democratic presidential primary ballot. Heading into Tuesday’s election, Biden held a firm lead over Sanders, according to FiveThirtyEight’s average of polls, which had the former vice president at 53 percent support and the Vermont senator at 36 percent support. But the more closely watched contest is one that could have a much larger effect on the ... Read more

The Democratic National Convention will now take place on August 17

The Democratic National Committee is officially delaying the party’s presidential nominating convention from mid-July until August 17, as the US continues to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic National Convention was originally scheduled to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from July 13-16, but uncertainty about rising coronavirus cases across the country and how long this outbreak will last raised questions about possibly delaying the gathering of over 5,000 party officials, delegates, and journalists. The new date means the DNC will now take place one week before the Republican National Convention, which is still scheduled to happen from August 24-27 ... Read more

DNC delays Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee by a month

U.S. copes with COVID-19 pandemic Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, attends the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on April 1. Photo by Oliver Contreras/UPI | License Photo Homeless people practice self-distancing measures at a temporary open air shelter at the Cashman Center parking lot in Las Vegas on April 1. Photo by James Atoa/UPI | License Photo Sparse traffic passes a sign of the times on Interstate 465 in Indianapolis on April 1. Residents are under a stay-at-home order. Photo by Edwin Locke/UPI | License Photo A woman walks wearing ... Read more

Coronavirus: Biden doubts Democratic convention go ahead as planned

2020 candidate Joe Biden said on MSNBC Tuesday evening it’s “hard to envision” the Democratic National Convention going ahead as planned in July when cases of the novel coronavirus continue to rise. But he believes elections can take place during pandemics if alternative methods are used — like “drive-in voting.” The big picture: President Trump said earlier Tuesday projections indicated COVID-19 could kill 100,000–240,000 Americans. The virus has killed more than 4,000 people and infected almost 190,000 others as of Wednesday morning, per Johns Hopkins data. What he’s saying: During his interview with MSNBC’s Brian Williams, the former vice president ... Read more

Woman Who Blamed Trump for Husband’s Poisoning Is a Democratic Donor

It’s a side of the story the national media will be studiously ignoring. When an Arizona man  died after ingesting fish tank cleaner as part of a twisted effort to avoid infection from the coronavirus shortly after President Donald Trump discussed potentially lifesaving drugs at a March 20 White House news conference, it didn’t take long for the media to start pinning blame for the death on the president’s words. It didn’t matter, obviously, that anyone who self-medicates with fish-tank cleaner might not be making the best decisions in life. It didn’t matter that Trump had discussed a different substance ... Read more

State coronavirus “stay at home” orders are uneven, mostly issued by Democratic governors

If President Trump follows through on his statements that he wants to “open” the U.S. up again, an already patchwork shield of state “stay at home” orders could look like even more of a patchwork. The big picture: Just 17 states have ordered people to stay at home, and most of those are states with Democratic governors. Only Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia have Republican governors. If Trump declares it’s time to start getting back to normal, those GOP governors could face pressure to start easing their own social restrictions, too. That doesn’t mean they’ll do it, but the political ... Read more

Joe Biden, Likely Democratic Nominee, Gives Up On Being Articulate

Former Vice President Joe Biden, having pretty much tied up the Democratic presidential nomination seems to have finally given up on sounding articulate. Since the start of the race, Biden, 77, has been a walking gaffe machine provoking renewed criticism of the former vice president’s age and aptitude with each new slip-up. After trailing off on MSNBC Tuesday, Biden appeared to throw in the towel. “We have never, never, never, failed to respond to a crisis as a people, and I tell you what, I’m so darn proud. Those poor people who have…” Biden said before an awkward silence where ... Read more