Thursday, 21 Mar 2019
Category: Politics

Exploratory committees, the weird opening act of the 2020 campaign, explained

Elizabeth Warren is the latest Democrat to launch her full campaign after first “exploring” a run. It’s official — Elizabeth Warren is now the latest Democrat to graduate from the “exploratory committee” phase of her 2020 bid to a full-fledged campaign. On Saturday, the Massachusetts Senator threw her hat in the presidential ring at an […]

Elizabeth Warren is done exploring: She’s officially running for president

Warren enters the 2020 field with a message centered on working people. A little more than a month after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced she was launching an exploratory committee for president, she’s making her 2020 run official. The senator made the announcement in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a former mill town that ties into Warren’s longtime […]

Blackface isn’t just about the racism in America’s past. It’s also about the racism in America’s present.

A bigger conversation about blackface’s history and its continued use is finally beginning to unfold. In the past few years, most high-profile blackface incidents have largely been confined to college campuses, ill-advised Halloween costumes, and bizarre television sketches. But over the past week in Virginia, several officials have come under increasing scrutiny for blackface scandals. […]

6 takeaways from acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s hearing

The day-long testimony was a messy, partisan affair. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s much-anticipated hearing before the House Judiciary Committee was a messy affair, filled with some fiery exchanges, partisan bickering, and few revelations about Whitaker’s role overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation or the rest of the Justice Department. Whitaker had threatened Thursday not […]

The most powerful moment of the Whitaker hearing had nothing to do with Mueller

Rep. Pramila Jayapal grilled the acting attorney general about family separation — and he had no answers. The most powerful moment during Matthew Whitaker’s testimony before Congress had nothing to do with the point of the hearing, which was supposed to be about whether he’s interfering in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Instead, the moment […]

House Democrats’ new plan for a $15 minimum wage, explained

The Raise the Wage Act is the most ambitious effort yet to overhaul the federal minimum wage. First it was Seattle, then San Francisco. Later, it was the entire state of California, then Massachusetts, New York, and Washington, DC. In January, New Jersey became the latest state to raise its minimum wage to $15 an […]

Second woman accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault

“Mr. Fairfax’s attack was premeditated and aggressive,” Meredith Watson says in a statement. A second woman has come forward to accuse Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault. Earlier this week, Vanessa Tyson, a professor of politics at Scripps College, issued a statement saying that Fairfax assaulted her in 2004, during the Democratic National […]

Utah voted to expand Medicaid. Now, Republican legislators are blocking it.

The GOP’s crusade to scale back Utah’s Medicaid expansion puts coverage for thousands of people at risk. Utah voters decided to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in November. But the Republican legislature is now on the verge of scaling back the voter-approved plan. GOP leaders introduced a bill last month that would, in […]

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