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Sunday, August 18, 2019

White House hopeful Joe Biden doubled down on his vow to cooperate with Republicans should he be elected president, saying he successfully worked across the aisle as vice president. "There's an awful lot of really good Republicans out there," he said Saturday at a Massachusetts fundraiser. "I get in trouble for saying that with Democrats, but the truth of the matter is, every time we ever got in trouble with our administration, remember who got sent up to Capitol Hill to fix it? Me. Because they know I respect the other team."

Biden added that many conservatives are being "intimidated" to follow in lockstep with President Trump. "They're decent people. They ran because they care about things, but they're intimidated right now," he told the fundraiser's attendees.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Supreme Court's liberal minority forged winning alliances in unexpected rulings throughout the 2018-2019 term, suggesting the newly entrenched conservative majority is hardly a cohesive unit. Each of the conservative justices crossed over to form a 5-4 majority with the liberal bloc at least once. A total of 10 decisions featured a five-justice majority with four liberals and one conservative. By contrast, the conservative justices joined together to form a five-member majority in seven cases.

That data point should not be overstated. The court's personnel are more substantively conservative than they have been in decades, and the five Republican appointees delivered real victories for the right in the past term. But the complex questions posed in many Supreme Court cases, in tandem with the interesting and meaningful differences among the conservative justices, make the right-leaning majority neither predictable nor monolithic.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

FX announced that the third season of its award-winning limited series franchise American Crime Story will center on the sex scandal that rocked the Bill Clinton presidency, will be released in September 2020. Monica Lewinsky is a producer on the limited series, titled Impeachment: American Crime Story. read more

Thursday, August 01, 2019

He's the most popular Democrat by far, revered by liberals, moderates and even some Republicans. But President Obama -- who has remained largely silent amid a rancorous Democratic primary -- came under a harsh spotlight as candidates picked apart aspects of his legacy during Wednesday's debate.

The blistering criticism underscores a dramatic shift underway inside the Democratic Party. "I must tell you, I was a little surprised how much the incoming was about Barack," Biden said Thursday at a post-debate stop to mingle with Michigan voters.

Rahm Emanuel, Obama's first chief of staff, said Democratic presidential candidates were being extraordinarily short-sighted and wrong-headed by assailing the Obama administration's record, rather than trying to build upon it.

"We have seen this movie before. Democrats need to wake up," Emanuel told CNN. "I would not treat the Obama years as something to be airbrushed out of history. Every one of these things needs to be built upon."

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

If you're playing Democratic Presidential Debate Bingo on Tuesday night, you better hope your card doesn't have a square marked "Barack Obama." In the June debates, among candidates not named Joe Biden, Barack Obama's name was uttered only twice. This is strange.

Barack Obama is beloved by most Democrats. His name should roll off the tongue of every candidate. But their silence cannot be explained merely by political tactics. Democrats are oddly conflicted about Obama's legacy, with many on the left believing that Obama's policy record was too tepid, and his governing style too timid, to warrant emulation.

Trump and his fellow Republicans routinely trash the Obama record, but some democratic socialists and progressive populists have loudly joined the pile-on, even at times going so far as suggesting that Obama should shoulder the blame for the election of Trump. read more


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