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Democrats Unveil Their New 'Better Deal' for America

The party turns populist after 2016 debacle

(Newser) - Still smarting from November's brutal election and looking to push a more populist agenda in the lead-up to the 2018 midterms, Democratic Party leaders gathered in the small town of Berryville, Va., on Monday to announce their new "Better Deal " plan, the AP reports. "The focus... More »

DeVos Sued by AGs for Delay of Rules to Protect Students

Against abuses from for-profit colleges, per the suit brought by 19 attorneys general

(Newser) - Democratic attorneys general in 18 states and the District of Columbia are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her decision to suspend rules meant to protect students from abuses by for-profit colleges, the AP reports. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Washington and demands implementation of borrower... More »

Dems Need to 'Reject Siren Calls of the Left'

And embrace a more centrist perspective: 'NYT' op-ed

(Newser) - "Reject the siren calls of the left" is the advice Mark Penn and Andrew Stein offer for the Democratic Party in a New York Times op-ed. The two make a case for why Democrats have to move back to the centrist position advocated by President Bill Clinton in the... More »

Is Nancy Pelosi in Trouble?

Grumbles about Democratic leadership grow louder, but Pelosi herself is defiant

(Newser) - As the Democrats assess their 0-4 record in congressional special elections of late, one person who seems to be taking the lion's share of the blame is Nancy Pelosi. In Georgia, for instance, backers of winning GOP candidate Karen Handel unleashed a torrent of ads linking Democrat Jon Ossoff... More »

Poll: In 2020 Race, Trump Would Lose to Any Old Dem

But not specifically to Elizabeth Warren

(Newser) - Democrats are already eyeing the 2020 presidential race, and Elizabeth Warren has broken out of the pack as an early favorite who can persist against President Trump—but a recent poll indicates it may not be her persistence the Dems should be looking toward. The Politico/Morning Consult survey of 1,... More »

In Silencing Warren, McConnell Gave Dems a New Battle Cry

'Nevertheless, she persisted'

(Newser) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears to have inadvertently handed Democrats—and feminists—a new rally cry with his move to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren Tuesday night. "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted," McConnell said, using an arcane rule to ban Warren from... More »

GOP Advances 2 Nominees With No Democrats Present

After Democratic boycott, Finance Committee Republicans change the rules

(Newser) - Democrats found a way Tuesday to use the Senate's own rules to stall two of President Trump's Cabinet nominees. On Wednesday, Republicans retaliated in the simplest of ways: They changed those rules. As a result, the names of Treasury nominee Steve Mnuchin and Health and Human Services nominee... More »

GOP to Dems Skipping Cabinet Votes: 'Stop Acting Like Idiots'

Democrats want more information before votes for Mnuchin for Treasury, Price for HHS

(Newser) - Senate confirmation hearings for President Trump's Cabinet choices got heated Tuesday—or at least the ones that took place. Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee angered not only by Trump's recent travel ban , but also by his firing of acting AG Sally Yates , forced votes Tuesday to be... More »

Since Inauguration, 2.2K Progressives Decided to Run for Office

1K did so in the days after immigration order

(Newser) - A group determined to turn opposition to President Trump's policies into real change has signed up more than 1,000 young people to run for state or local office in the space of a few days. The Run for Something group, which is seeking people under 35 with progressive... More »

Beyonce 2020 Is Exactly What Democrats Need

Jeet Heer makes case for celebrity Democratic candidate

(Newser) - After Donald Trump's election victory, Michael Moore suggested Democrats should run a celebrity in 2020 . If they aren't already considering it, they should be, writes Jeet Heer at New Republic . Some argue that voters are actually turned off by celebrities, whose lectures can feel patronizing and whose bank... More »

Top 5 Democratic Presidential Candidates for 2020

Elizabeth Warren tops the list

(Newser) - “It appears we’re going to have an old-folks’ home," New York Magazine quotes Sen. Harry Reid as saying about hypothetical Democratic 2020 presidential contenders. "We’ve got Warren; she’ll be 71. Biden will be 78. Bernie will be 79.” Regardless, the Hill has ranked... More »

In 4-Hour Press Conference, Putin Gives Dems Some Advice

'Learn to lose with dignity'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin had this to say about Donald Trump in his 2015 December press conference: "He is an absolute leader in the presidential race." Now that Trump has won that race, the Russian president had more to say about him and US politics in this year's edition... More »

Democratic Favorite for 2020? None of the Above

Sorry Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton

(Newser) - Democrats asked who they'd be "excited" to see run for president in 2020 overwhelmingly responded: Who else you got? USA Today conducted a poll of Democrats and independents and found 66% would be excited for "someone entirely new" to run; only 9% thought "someone entirely new"... More »

'Nuts' Mich. Rep Turned Out to Be Spot-On About Election

Debbie Dingell says she warned Dems that Clinton was ignoring key group

(Newser) - "That's Debbie, it's hyperbole, she is nuts." That's the vibe Debbie Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who represents her state's 12th Congressional District, says she received throughout Election 2016, when she tried to warn her fellow Democrats that no, Hillary Clinton was not on an... More »

Michael Moore to 'Shocked' Democrats: You Weren't Paying Attention

Filmmaker's 'Morning After To-Do List' is going viral

(Newser) - On Wednesday, filmmaker and activist Michael Moore penned a " Morning After To-Do List " for Democrats that has, as of Thursday morning, been shared more than 180,000 times, liked more than 350,000 times, and commented on more than 18,000 times. Item No. 1? "Take over... More »

GOP Keeps Control of Senate; Rubio, McCain Are Back

Democrats struggled to flip seats

(Newser) - Democrats' hopes of gaining control of the Senate were dashed Tuesday with losses in a handful of contested states. Going into the night, Democrats needed to flip five seats (or four with a Hillary Clinton victory), but Pat Toomey won re-election in Pennsylvania, Marco Rubio in Florida, Richard Burr in... More »

San Diego Church Flier Says Voting Democrat Is 'Mortal Sin'

The diocese says that's ridiculous

(Newser) - If you live in San Diego and plan on voting for Hillary, it's best you don't read two recent newsletters from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. In the Oct. 16 bulletin for the Old Town church, which is used as an election polling site, a flier was inserted. Along... More »

Democrats' $35M Mega-Donor Was Apolitical—Until Trump

Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz abruptly got out his wallet to help Clinton

(Newser) - First came Dustin Moskovitz's "historically large donation" of $20 million last month to stop Donald Trump from reaching the Oval Office. Then the Facebook co-founder ponied up another $5 million in mid-October to a Hillary Clinton super PAC (as well as $10 million more to other political advocacy... More »

Dems Raise $13K to Reopen Firebombed GOP Office

They blew past fundraising goal in hours

(Newser) - Democrats disgusted by the firebombing of a GOP office in Orange County, NC, set up a GoFundMe page to help reopen it and blew past their $10,000 goal within hours Sunday. "Thank you all for showing that Americans are thirsty for civility and decency, and that we love... More »

DNC Day 3: America Meets Tim Kaine

Obama, Biden will also speak in Philadelphia

(Newser) - President Obama and VP Joe Biden will attempt to top Bill Clinton's " prosaic love letter " to Hillary Clinton on the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday. Other big names scheduled to speak, per the Los Angeles Times , include Harry Reid, Gabby Giffords, Jesse Jackson,... More »

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