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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden talks to reporters while leaving, following the final 2020 U.S. presidential campaign debate, at Nashville International Airport in Nashville, Tennessee, October 22, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters) Joe Biden’s public commitment to “transition from the oil industry” in Thursday night’s debate forced a subsequent walk-back from his own campaign, a move largely
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At this stage, any journalist who frames a mistake or controversial statement made by a Democratic politician with “conservatives pounce” has to be either woefully out of touch with reality or consciously trolling. I’m not sure which one describes Politico‘s Matthew Choi, but, either way, his piece this morning, “Conservatives pounce on Biden’s desire to
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Former Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks during the virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention, August 17, 2020. (2020 Democratic National Convention/Reuters Pool) How did a man who started out as a somewhat interesting and effective fiscal conservative in Congress become the irrelevant blowhard he is today? Joe Biden, having already begun to consider the possibility
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The topics addressed in the first presidential debate last month were as follows: the integrity of the election, race and violence in our cities, the economy, COVID-19, climate change, and the Trump and Biden record. During the second debate this evening, NBC News’ Kristen Welker will ask the candidates about COVID-19, American families, national security,
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At long last, Joe Biden has given an answer on whether he will support a Democratic push to pack the Supreme Court. Well, not exactly, but you can be assured that he’ll follow the science. According to Biden, the courts are “getting out of whack.” He doesn’t explain how, but we can safely assume that
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(Dado Ruvic/Reuters) The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, after both social media platforms reduced circulation of the New York Post‘s report on emails purportedly from Hunter Biden’s laptop. The move comes one week after the Post revealed a 2015 email from an adviser to
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After repeatedly dodging the question of whether he would try to pack the Supreme Court as president, Joe Biden has finally given his answer in a soon-to-be broadcast 60 Minutes interview. It was this: If elected, what I will do is I’ll put together a national commission of — bipartisan commission of scholars, constitutional scholars,
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Judge Amy Coney Barrett listens during her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., October 14, 2020. (Susan Walsh/Reuters) The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously advanced Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination at its executive business meeting on Thursday in a 12-0 vote with no Democrats present. The ten Democratic senators on the panel
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President Donald Trump walks on stage before delivering remarks during a Latinos For Trump campaign event at the Trump National Doral Miami resort in Doral, Fla., September 25, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) On the menu today: a deep look at Latinos, who might be the last of the swing voters in our heavily polarized political environment;
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President Donald Trump gestures during a campaign event in Fayetteville, N.C., September 19, 2020. (File photo: Tom Brenner/Reuters) In Newport Beach, supporters were out in force for a rare campaign stop in the deep-blue state. At a Republican campaign rally in Fullerton, Calif., some years ago, President Reagan was stumping for then-presidential candidate George H.
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CNN Host and Senior Media Correspondent Brian Stelter speaks on the “Trust, Truth and the Future of Journalism” panel at the Media Literacy Week Kick-off event at the Thomson Reuters building in Manhattan, November 6, 2017. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) CNN anchor Brian Stelter on Wednesday chided a reporter after she criticized the media’s double standard in
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(Bill Chizek/Getty Images) The big news on the judicial nominations front is, of course, the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Following her hearings last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding an executive business meeting tomorrow, when it is expected to vote her nomination out to the full Senate,
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The Google sign on one of the company’s office buildings in Irvine, Calif., October 20, 2020. (Mike Blake/Reuters) The Trump administration’s lawsuit against Google doesn’t live up to the hype. Early reports suggested a bipartisan group of state attorneys general might join together with the feds and demand the company’s breakup. Instead, the eleven AGs
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE B ack in 2018, I wrote about the phenomenon of Great Southern Democratic Hopes — candidates with not-so-great chances of success running in a Republican-learning state who receive wildly optimistic coverage from national media organizations and reporters desperate to discover a Democrat who can win statewide races in the South and someday
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Berkeley law school dean Erwin Chemerinsky’s constitutional views can blow with the political winds. For example, he supported the filibuster of Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court nomination in 2006 (Chemerinsky, Democrats Must Use the Filibuster to Block Alito, The Herald-Sun (Durham, NC), Jan. 29, 2006); reversed course in 2016 when the Scalia vacancy was pending and adopted
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U.S. Attorney General William Barr discusses a Trump administration executive order in Washington, D.C., June 11, 2020. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) More than 20 progressive groups signed a letter Tuesday urging House Democrats to impeach Attorney General Bill Barr in an attempt to delay Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation vote until after the November 3
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A pharmacist holds 40mg pills of OxyContin, made by Purdue Pharma. (George Frey/Reuters) Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin, has agreed to plead guilty to three federal criminal charges in an $8 billion settlement related to their role in the opioid crisis, Justice Department officials told the Associated Press on Wednesday. The settlement is the
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters after the Senate Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., September 9 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) warned the Trump administration on Tuesday against making a deal on a coronavirus relief bill with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) before the
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations officers execute criminal search warrants and arrest more than 100 company employees on federal immigration violations at a trailer manufacturing business in Sumner, Texas, August 28, 2018. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Handout via Reuters ) The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security on Tuesday announced new regulations barring
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Hunter Biden speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wis., August 20, 2020. (DNC/Reuters) An ineffectual spotlight on Hunter Biden is what you get from a campaign that is informed only by its id. Hunter Biden, Joe’s younger son, has become a fixture of the 2020 race. Since August 27, 2019, Donald Trump has
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