Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained

Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained

The New York senator is making gender equity the centerpiece of her presidential campaign. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York senator known for her #MeToo advocacy, is making gender equity the centerpiece of her presidential campaign. A two-term senator who has also served in the House, Gillibrand has made a name for herself by pushing for reforms in the US military and calling for accountability in Congress when it comes to sexual misconduct. As part of…

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Wonks hate Bernie Sanders’s debt relief plan. That’s the point.

Wonks hate Bernie Sanders’s debt relief plan. That’s the point.

Angering Democratic policy wonks seems to be a feature, not a bug, of Sanders’s campaign. Bernie Sanders’s free public college and debt relief plan has put him in a familiar position — getting criticized by wonky policy types for how his proposed plan is designed — but in a less familiar way: The criticism is his plan is too friendly to the well-off. Sanders’s plan, released Monday, would cancel all of the $1.6 trillion student…

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Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained

Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained

The former VP is selling himself as the best chance for Democrats to beat Donald Trump. Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign is, in a way, an atonement for 2016: He believes he could have stopped Donald Trump from ever becoming president and now he believes he is the best chance for Democrats to get Trump out of the White House. Ever since Biden declined to challenge Hillary Clinton, he has said he came to believe…

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Trump’s bizarre attack on McCain lowlights raucous speech to evangelical group

Trump’s bizarre attack on McCain lowlights raucous speech to evangelical group

“They’ve gone on to greener pastures … or perhaps far less green pastures.” President Trump gave a dizzying, rambling speech to an evangelical group on Wednesday, including a very weird aside about the late Sen. John McCain, who he seemed pleased to say has “gone on to greener pastures … or perhaps far less green pastures.” McCain, who died last August, cast the decisive vote against repeal of the Affordable Care Act in the summer…

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Michael Bennet’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained

Michael Bennet’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained

Sen. Bennet is one of Washington’s more moderate Democrats in the primary. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, a generally unassuming Democratic figure in Washington outside of the occasional impassioned outburst on the Senate floor, is trying to make the pragmatist’s case for the White House. After undergoing treatment for prostate cancer earlier this year, Bennet was given a clean bill of health and said he was ready to join the deep roster of Democratic candidates, from…

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John Hickenlooper’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained

John Hickenlooper’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained

John Hickenlooper, Colorado’s popular former governor, is making a bet that the crowded 2020 presidential field — already packed with US senators, entrepreneurs, mayors, and governors — has a lane for his middle-of-the-road politics. The 67-year-old is about as close to the image of a Democrat from the Mountain West as you could come to in a lab. His announcement video opened with him standing in the snow, in front of a grand American landscape,…

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Kamala Harris’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained

Kamala Harris’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a longtime prosecutor prior to joining Congress in 2016, has made history in every elected office she’s held. She’s the first black woman and the first Asian American woman to serve as a California senator, as the state’s attorney general, and as San Francisco’s district attorney. And in 2020, she would be the first black woman and the first Asian American woman to be a major party nominee if Democrats choose…

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Eric Swalwell’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained

Eric Swalwell’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained

Avid followers of Trump-Russia coverage on cable news are probably at least acquainted with Rep. Eric Swalwell, the California Democrat who’s a member of one of the House’s leading investigatory panels. But in the context of the 2020 presidential race, Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, is one of several lesser-known Democrats in the running, along with current and former Reps. John Delaney, Tim Ryan, Tulsi Gabbard, and Seth Moulton. Swalwell kicked off…

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Bernie Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained

Bernie Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign and policy positions, explained

Sen. Bernie Sanders caught the establishment Democratic Party off guard three years ago; few anticipated the strength of his candidacy and message. Things have changed. Sanders, now 77 years old, consistently ranks among the top potential 2020 candidates in early polls, and despite coming in second in 2016, he has fundamentally altered the Democratic Party. This time, however, he is in a packed field that includes former Vice President Joe Biden and progressive firebrand Sen….

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