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Warren Makes Waves With Gay Marriage Response

'Just marry one woman' line goes viral after CNN town hall

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren's performance at a CNN town hall in Los Angeles on Thursday might be summed up in two words: Oh snap. During the event focused on LGBT issues, the Massachusetts senator was asked what she'd say to a supporter who, for religious reasons, believes marriage should be... More »

Sanders' Daughter-in-Law Dies 2 Days After Diagnosis

Senator says he plans to 'change nature of campaign' after heart attack

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders had an even rougher week last week than people knew. The senator's daughter-in-law died Saturday, the day after Sanders was released from the hospital following a heart attack . Dr. Rainè Riggs, 46, died just two days after she was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer, People reports. The mother... More »

Sanders Rocks It With Q3 Fundraising

And Pete Buttigieg slips from last quarter's impressive haul

(Newser) - Polls—what polls? With Elizabeth Warren edging Joe Biden in the polls, Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday an impressive third-quarter haul that beats Warren's first and second quarters combined, ABC News reports. And that's without Sanders tapping the big-money, private events that Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, and others... More »

Polls Get Even Better for Warren

Joe Biden bears the brunt

(Newser) - If Joe Biden was concerned to see Elizabeth Warren pull ahead in a recent poll of Iowa , he might now be shaking in his boots. For the first time, the Massachusetts senator leads the former vice president in Quinnipiac University's nationwide poll, out Wednesday, per Politico . Some 27% of... More »

Sanders Just One-Upped Warren on a Signature Issue

Sanders' wealth tax proposal would affect more households, raise more revenue: economists

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren is suddenly facing competition on the signature issue of her presidential campaign. Enter Bernie Sanders, who on Tuesday unveiled his plan to "substantially reduce wealth inequality in America and stop our democracy from turning into a corrupt oligarchy." Whereas Warren backs a 2% wealth tax on... More »

Matt Drudge Names Democrat to Watch in Primaries

It's Elizabeth Warren's nomination to lose

(Newser) - Matt Drudge, the influential conservative blogger who predicted Donald Trump's nomination and election victory in 2016, thinks Elizabeth Warren is the Democrat to watch in next year's primaries. "It's Elizabeth Warren's nomination to lose," he tweeted Wednesday, sharing a photo of a large crowd... More »

Dems Use Same Word Reacting to Kavanaugh Allegations

At least 4 are calling for his impeachment

(Newser) - Several Democratic presidential candidates on Sunday lined up to call for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a new, uninvestigated, allegation of sexual impropriety when he was in college, the AP reports. Kavanaugh was confirmed last October after emotional hearings in the Senate over... More »

Harris Says She Didn't Catch 'Incredibly Offensive' Comment

Candidate apologizes for laughing and agreeing with questioner

(Newser) - When a questioner at a town hall asked Kamala Harris what she would do in the next year to curb "the mentally retarded action" of President Trump, she laughed with the crowd. "Well said, well said," she told him, the Washington Post reports. Now the Democratic senator... More »

Over 7 Hours, 10 Candidates Talked Climate Change

Democrats reveal their priorities in CNN town halls

(Newser) - Top Democratic presidential contenders talked tough Wednesday on cutting climate-damaging emissions from oil, gas, and coal, turning their focus to global warming in a marathon evening of town halls. While Republicans might find ammunition in the overwhelming—and overwhelmingly costly—scope of the plans, the 10 Democrats who participated in... More »

De Blasio Spent 7 Hours at City Hall in a Month: Report

Comedians suggest too much focus on 'Iowa'

(Newser) - Comedians descended on City Hall in New York last week to urge Bill de Blasio "to do some work"—and that was before a report suggesting the mayor spent just seven hours at his office in the month he announced his presidential campaign. The seven hours were split... More »

'Almost Anybody' Can Beat Trump, Biden Figures

Candidate adjusts campaign's answer on Democrats' best choice

(Newser) - Jill Biden told New Hampshire voters this month that even if her husband isn't their first choice on every issue, he's the one who can defeat in President Trump in next fall's election. Joe Biden now has broadened his answer to the question: Who can beat Trump?... More »

Seth Moulton Drops Out, Sees a Danger for Democrats

He warns that a too-liberal candidate might lose to Trump

(Newser) - Another dark horse is out. Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton is withdrawing his 2020 presidential bid after the centrist candidate failed to gain any traction with voters, reports New York Times . Moulton, who did not qualify for any debates, said in an interview that only Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie... More »

Gov. Inslee: 'I Need to Go Back' to My Home State

The climate-science advocate drops out of the 2020 race

(Newser) - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who made fighting climate change the central theme of his presidential campaign, announced Wednesday night that he is ending his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination, the AP reports. Inslee announced his decision on MSNBC, saying it's become clear that he won't win. He... More »

Warren Tells Black Christians Her Favorite Biblical Passage

The Democrats frame their bids in faith-based terms

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren framed their Democratic presidential bids in personal, faith-based terms Saturday before black millennial Christians in Georgia who could help determine which candidate becomes the leading progressive alternative to Joe Biden, the AP reports. Sanders, the Vermont senator whose struggles with black voters helped cost him... More »

Pressed Again on Senate Run, Beto Gives an Answer

It's a no, because 'I'm taking this fight directly to Donald Trump'

(Newser) - Last weekend, the Houston Chronicle editorial board made an impassioned plea to Beto O'Rourke: "Beto, come home. Texas needs you." The opinion piece implored the 2020 presidential candidate to drop out of his current race and make a Senate run in his home state, as he did... More »

Another Democrat Drops Out of 2020 Race

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper ended his campaign Thursday

(Newser) - Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday ended his longshot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and said he may instead challenge one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans in 2020. In a video message, Hickenlooper said he had heard from many in his state urging him to enter the... More »

Dems Are Not Happy With NYT's Trump Headline

'Unbelievable' was one response to banner after weekend mass shootings

(Newser) - There are plenty of armchair headline writers on any given day, but more than a few raised concerns Monday about one in particular in the New York Times . USA Today notes disbelief and anger, especially from high-profile Democrats, was a prominent response to the way the Gray Lady chose to... More »

Dems Tussle at Key Labor Forum in Nevada

Joe Biden defends Obamacare, while Elizabeth Warren promotes 'Medicare for All'

(Newser) - Democratic presidential candidates' tussle over health care reform and Barack Obama's legacy continued Saturday, with former Vice President Joe Biden declaring he's "against any Democrat who wants to get rid of Obamacare." Biden spoke during a forum held by the nation's largest public employees union... More »

The Dems in Danger of Being Cut From Next Debate

The Democratic National Committee has rules for who can appear in the Houston debates

(Newser) - The Democratic field may look a lot smaller by the time next month's debates roll around, the New York Times reports. The Democratic National Committee has new rules to determine who makes the cut, which could exclude a dozen or so of the remaining candidates. To appear in the... More »

Jill Biden Enters the Fray to Defend Her Husband

Public 'didn't buy it,' she says of Kamala Harris' attack on her husband's race record

(Newser) - Kamala Harris is keeping up her critique of Joe Biden's record on race and segregation following the Democratic frontrunner's apology for comments about the civility of segregationist senators. He was "right to recognize the impact of his words" but "there is still a point of disagreement... More »

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