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Kamala Harris: 'Voters Are Able To Distinguish Who Can Best Do The Job' | Andrea Mitchell | MSNBC

Kamala Harris: ‘Voters Are Able To Distinguish Who Can Best Do The Job’ |...

Senator Kamala Harris talks about sexism on the 2020 race and how she doesn't pay attention to terms like 'Likability.' » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc MSNBC delivers breaking news and in-depth analysis of the headlines, as well as informed perspectives.…
Kamala Harris: Barr's Non-Response On Suggestions From W.H. 'Suspicious' | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Kamala Harris: Barr’s Non-Response On Suggestions From W.H. ‘Suspicious’ | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Senator Kamala Harris talks with Rachel Maddow about Attorney General William Barr's evasive answers before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week and his conduct on behalf of Donald Trump overall. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc MSNBC delivers breaking news and…

A Change of Course for Pete Buttigieg

The Story: Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has returned $30,000 of donations to the lobbyists it came from as part...

CNN hosts 5 Democratic town halls

"I am 100% pro-Israel," Sanders said. Bernie Sanders says he worries focus on impeachment would benefit Trump Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders argued Monday that the best way to oust President Donald Trump was by defeating him at the ballot box in 2020, not impeaching him before then. I want to see that we’ll see where it goes but right now, you know, that’s it.” Bernie Sanders: I've changed... on foreign policy Bernie Sanders talks a lot on the campaign trail about the consistency of his positions over decades in political life. "I was rightfully criticized the last time around because I didn't pay as much attention as I might," Sanders said. But to answer your question," Sanders added, he had been thinking "more about foreign policy issues than I previously did." Here's where he stands on a few key issues: Health care: Sanders introduce a new Medicare for All proposal that would cover more long-term care services. Foreign policy: Last year, he won bipartisan support in calling for an end to military support for the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen. Warren doesn’t answer question on differences with Obama Sen. Elizabeth Warren did not answer a question asked by a college student on Monday about how she would approach the presidency differently than President Barack Obama, should she win the office. Here's why she became a Democrat. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren was a registered Republican, but she said she changed her political affiliation once she saw an eroding middle class under her (now former) party.

is Devouring the 2020 Dems

If the Democrats were within reaching distance of sanity, that would mean a positive campaign based on diversity. Since they instead inhabit an insane intersectional dimension in which a permanent victimhood competition determines who gets what, anti-diversity tantrums follow. With a record-breaking six women running in 2020, and Hillary Clinton’s bitter defeat still fresh on their tongues, a number of LGBTQ women told The Daily Beast they would simply prefer a female candidate. Who are these women? Stop asking, the echo chamber echoed. Sue Hagadorn, a former software manager from Michigan, said she felt her gender had always held her back more than her sexual orientation did—particularly in her career. In her 25 years of being out in the workplace, she said, “I never had significant difficulty in the workplace because I was gay. But boy did I ever—like all women—because I was female.” We could go on fisking this dead horse to death, but this is the classic intersectional paradigm. Are lesbians supposed to support Buttgieg, because he's gay, or Kamala Harris, because she's a woman? Kamala Harris, meanwhile—the only black woman in the race and the second-most successful fundraiser—has garnered exactly zero magazine covers for her run.

Tucker Carlson: What Happens When You Can No Longer Denounce Political Opponents As Russian...

But first tonight, attorney general William Barr has finally confirmed what has been obvious for months: The Obama administration spied on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Yes, I think spying did occur. There’s no disputing Barr’s first point: Spying on a presidential campaign is a big deal, especially when it was authorized by a rival administration. Imagine if, a year from now, the Trump administration allowed the FBI to surveil officials in the Kamala Harris for president campaign. She called Barr “Trump’s toad.” CNN, meanwhile, assured it’s viewers that there is “little evidence” that spying occurred. This is all spying. When Trump complained about it, Democrats and their employees in the media called him a liar: ADAM SCHIFF: there is no evidence to support any allegation that the FBI or any intelligence agency placed a spy in the trump campaign DON LEMON: His baseless claims of spies. Jim Clapper was: JOY BEHAR: Was the FBI spying on Trump's campaign? The Obama administration wasn’t spying. There’s got to be a limit to how much lying a country can take from its leaders.

The Labor Movement’s Resurgence in Democratic Politics

What does the enthusiasm from top Democrats about the strike, and others like it, say about the party’s relationship to unions right now? But labor’s in a position now to make them prove exactly how serious they are about that support, and I think that’s why we’re seeing what looks like a surge of enthusiasm from this year’s crop of candidates. Ed: Well, there’s a supply as well as a demand side to this phenomenon: all these candidates pursuing a fixed quantity of labor resources and endorsements. But is that renewed attention simply a result of the party’s leftward drift, or is it because labor has actually gotten more powerful too? Members have told me that their fellow workers didn’t need a lot of convincing to stay in their unions after Janus. Unions promise workers a way to better their conditions. Ben: You wrote that unions may take a while, perhaps a long while, to endorse a Democratic candidate. I’d say the other front-runners to be the labor candidate are Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris, who’s really working hard to position herself as a pro-teacher candidate. Ed: That’s especially interesting insofar as AFT is a union whose membership skews pretty heavily female. Sarah: There might be an interesting gender divide within the labor movement this year.

Bernie Sanders fast facts: 5 things to know about the Vermont senator

Weeks later, in a Fox News poll, Democratic primary voters once again voted him as their second choice — with Biden at 31 percent and Sanders at 23 percent. He's the longest-serving Independent member of Congress in U.S. history Sanders has served as Vermont's senator since 2007. His political career kickstarted in 1981 when he was elected mayor of Burlington by just 10 votes. "In 1981, I won my first election to become Mayor of Burlington by 10 votes. He was mayor for roughly eight years before stepping down to gain a seat in the House in 1991. He didn't make a decent living off his writing either. He was first to propose "Medicare for All" The "Medicare for All" bill was first introduced in 2016 by Sanders, who said it would be another step toward achieving universal health care. "Medicare for All" is a single-payer health insurance plan that would require all U.S. residents to be covered with no copays and deductibles for medical services. The phrase "for all" doesn't mean the plan would instantly give every American insurance. You can read more about the plan here.

Pete Buttigieg: U.S. Politics Is ‘Horror Show,’ Slams Trump’s ‘Chest-Thumping’ Rhetoric in Chuck Todd...

During a 15-minute interview Sunday with Chuck Todd on Meet The Press, presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg defended himself against critiques that he lacks political experience while also criticizing President Donald Trump's caustic rhetoric. Todd began by asking Buttigieg — mayor of South Bend, Indiana — why he felt qualified to sit in the Oval Office, despite never having served as an elected official in Washington like other contenders for the Democratic ticket, including Senators Elizabeth Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. In response, Buttigieg argued that his relative inexperience was, in acutality, an advantage. "I would stack up my experience against anybody," he said. "I know it’s not as traditional, I haven’t been marinating in Washington here for a very long time and I’m not part of that same establishment but I would argue that being a mayor of a city of any size means that you have to deal with the kinds of issues that hit really hit Americans." He continued by noting his extensive experience serving in the U.S. military, and then suggested his candidacy would be an antidote to the fiery rhetoric oozing out of the Trump administration, which he said suffers from a “loss of vision” and a “loss of decency.” “It just might make sense for somebody my age, coming from experience in the industrial midwest, nonfederal, different background, bringing something that will actually help Americans envision the world as it will be in 2054, the year that I will be the current age of the current president,” he said in the conversation. “And just change the channel from this mesmerizing horror show that’s going on in Washington right now.” Buttigieg, who is still in the exploratory stage of his campaign, is expected to make an official announcement next week in South Bend, Indiana, where he serves as the city's mayor. So far, the 37-year-old—who would make history not just as the youngest president ever, but also as the first openly gay politician to nab a spot on a major party ticket— has made moderate gains by framing himself as the political and ideological antithesis of President Donald Trump. When asked to square Trump’s support among evangelicals with the president’s actions, Buttigieg said it was “frustrating” since Trump was preoccupied with “chest-thumping look at me-ism” rather than the tenants found in scripture. He continued, "You see the diametric opposite of [biblical teachings] in this presidency."

Kamala Harris’ mortgage meltdown record under scrutiny as campaign heats up

No attorney general secured more for their state from Wall Street after the mortgage crisis. Attorneys in her office had singled out the bank for allegedly stacking foreclosure proceedings against homeowners, but Harris says she was hamstrung by legal rules protecting financial institutions from state legal action. Low-income housing advocate Paulina Gonzalez-Brito remains disappointed that Harris didn’t pursue a case. Still, some wonder what happened in the case of OneWest. “We didn’t have the legal ability because of the way the rules were written in favor of the banks in terms of our subpoena powers as the state attorney general,” Harris said. After she was elected to the Senate in 2016, Harris joined Warren and Democratic Sens. Her goal, she told The Chronicle, was “to give state AGs the power to go after federal banks and subpoena their officeholders and subpoena the people who are responsible.” It went nowhere in the GOP-controlled Senate. Harris points to other actions she took as attorney general to help homeowners. Since the creation of the unit in 2011, Gallegos said, the state Justice Department has “prosecuted 41 mortgage fraud cases.” As a presidential candidate, Harris has proposed policies intended to close a wealth gap that progressives argue was worsened by the mortgage meltdown. Email: jgarofoli@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @joegarofoli.