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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Elizabeth Warren, the senator from Massachusetts, is a strong candidate for president. She has a clear and compelling message about the unfair distribution of American prosperity. She's smart, well versed in economics, and far more lucid than her fellow front-runner, Joe Biden. She's a charismatic speaker. At campaign events, she's excellent at answering voters' questions.

But there's a big risk for Democrats in nominating Warren: that beneath her talents, she has the soul of an ideologue. If that's how she conducts herself in the general election " or if GOP can effectively paint her that way " it substantially increases the danger that President Trump will be reelected. And if Warren were to beat Trump, this disposition would make her a counterproductive president, more likely to revive the Republican Party than to enact significant legislation.

On this question"the question of who Warren is " Tuesday night's debate sent ominous signals.


Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Donald Trump on Wednesday dared his 2016 nemesis Hillary Clinton to run against him again, calling her 'Crooked Hillary' and goading her after she warned him in a tweet that he shouldn't 'tempt' her.

Clinton vented during a PBS NewsHour interview on Tuesday about the email issue that spelled her political demise, saying that '[n]othing has been more examined and looked at than my emails, we all know that. So, he's either lying or delusional, or both.' 'There was no subpoena as he says in a tweet this morning, so, maybe there does need to be a rematch,' she continued. And then in a stunning declaration, she deadpanned: 'I mean, obviously, I can beat him again.'


Monday, September 30, 2019

With just 4 months until the first-in-the-nation caucuses, Sanders is in trouble.

As he delivered his populist gospel to large crowds of camouflage-clad high schoolers, liberal arts college students, and trade union members across Iowa last week, a problematic narrative was hardening around him: His campaign is in disarray and Elizabeth Warren has eclipsed him as the progressive standard-bearer of the primary. He's sunk to third place nationally, behind Warren and Joe Biden, and some polls of early nomination states show him barely clinging to double digits. He's shaken up his staffs in Iowa and New Hampshire. He's lost the endorsement of the Working Families Party, a left-wing group that backed him in 2016, to Warren.

Dismissed out of the gate in 2016 as a nonfactor against Hillary Clinton " only to single-handedly shift the Democratic Party's ideological center of gravity " Sanders is quite familiar with being left for dead. Can he pull another Lazarus act?


Monday, September 16, 2019

Beijing's latest trade-war move to walk back some of its punitive tariffs stems from a realization that if Trump loses the 2020 election, China can expect an even more hostile White House. In the Democratic debates last week, Beijing should have taken note that the only candidate who appeared willing to negotiate an end to trade tensions with China, Julin Castro, the rest voiced support for punitive tariffs against China in some form. And then some.

"The problem isn't the trade deficit, the problem is they're stealing our intellectual property," said Joe Biden. "The problem is they're violating the [World Trade Organisation]. They're dumping steel on us."

Taking aim at China's industrial policy and overcapacity should make it clear that Beijing's preferred approach to ease tensions with Washington through more purchases of US goods won't placate whoever will move into the White House if Donald Trump loses next year's election.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Democratic primary voters nationwide see fJoe Biden and Elizabeth Warren as relatively close to their own political views but regard Bernie Sanders as significantly further to their left, a new USC Dornsife/LA Times poll shows.


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