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Democratic Rivals May Have Blown It With Biden

He scared away promising rivals, writes David Leonhardt

(Newser) - A column by David Leonhardt in the New York Times on Sunday raises a provocative question with its headline: "Did Joe Biden Scare Off Our Next President?" The thinking is this: Biden's entry into the race as an instant front-runner kept promising moderates such as Mitch Landrieu on... More »

Another Candidate Exits 2020 Race, Leaving 8

Deval Patrick no longer running for president

(Newser) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the last remaining black candidate in a Democratic presidential field once defined by its diversity, ended his 2020 campaign Wednesday after his late bid failed to catch fire, the AP reports. Patrick focused his campaign entirely on the New Hampshire primary, hoping the familiarity of... More »

This 'Big-Eared Creature' Is Crushing 2 New Dems

Baby Yoda of 'Star Wars' series debuted as Bloomberg, Patrick entered race, with more buzz

(Newser) - A "diminutive, doe-eyed, big-eared creature" is giving two new 2020 candidates for president a run for their money. That's how the New York Post describes Baby Yoda, a character in the Star Wars series The Mandalorian who's said to have "conquered the world" since the show'... More »

Just 2 People Showed Up to Deval Patrick's Event Last Night

2020 candidate cancels Morehouse College event

(Newser) - As other Democratic presidential hopefuls prepared to debate in Atlanta Wednesday night, Deval Patrick showed up to the city's Morehouse College for a planned event—and found just two people in attendance. Patrick, the former Massachusetts governor who entered the 2020 presidential race after the cutoff for this month'... More »

Deval Patrick Is In, and He May Have an Obama Edge

Former Massachusetts governor is friends with the former president

(Newser) - Deval Patrick joined the Democratic race for the White House Thursday morning, as expected . "In a spirit of profound gratitude for all the country has given to me, with a determination to build a better, more sustainable, more inclusive American dream for the next generation, I am today announcing... More »

Deval Patrick Tells Allies: I'm In for 2020

Source says former Massachusetts governor will indeed seek the presidential nomination

(Newser) - As rumored , former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is telling allies he plans to seek the Democratic presidential nomination. That’s according to a person with knowledge of his plans who spoke to the AP on Wednesday on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. CNN has the same report,... More »

Democratic Field Could Get a Bit More Crowded

Sources say Deval Patrick could make announcement later this week

(Newser) - After ruling out a White House run late last year, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is now having second thoughts, insiders say. Sources tell the New York Times , among other outlets, that the Democrat believes there is room for a candidate who can unite both the liberal and moderate wings... More »

1.2K Law Profs Slam Sessions as AG Nominee

Sessions was 'racially insensitive' in 1980s, hasn't changed: letter

(Newser) - Some 100 law professors in support of Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination for attorney general appear to be in the minority. More than 1,200 law professors have sent a letter to Congress in an attempt to convince the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the nomination, noting Sessions "will not... More »

Who Might Take Scalia's Seat?

Look toward the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit

(Newser) - With the death of Antonin Scalia , the longest-serving justice on the Supreme Court, comes the inevitable question of who might succeed him on the bench. Some of the bigger names being floated, via USA Today and Roll Call :
  • Sri Srinivasan: The 48-year-old Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit judge
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Radio Caller: 'This Is Barack Obama, Formerly of Somerville'

President calls in to Massachusetts governor's final show

(Newser) - On his final radio show as Massachusetts governor today, Deval Patrick took a notable call: "Governor," said the caller to Boston Public Radio , "this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville." It was indeed the president, calling his friend to say that he had a "few... More »

Who Replaces Eric Holder?

Deval Patrick, Kamala Harris turning up on lots of lists

(Newser) - With Eric Holder leaving the post of attorney general, attention shifts to who will succeed the man President Obama today praised as "the people's lawyer." (Read Obama's full remarks here .) Whoever it is will surely face a bruising confirmation battle given Republicans' disdain of Holder,... More »

'Deadly' Painkiller's Maker Sues Over Prescription Ban

Massachusetts can't override FDA, drug firm says

(Newser) - Drug maker Zogenix is kicking back against attempts to ban a strong new painkiller that critics warn will kill people as soon as it is released . The firm has filed suit in Massachusetts in an attempt to block Gov. Deval Patrick's executive order banning doctors from prescribing Zohydro, reports... More »

Boston Mayor: Tsarnaev Brothers Acted Alone

Thomas Menino defends shutting city down for manhunt

(Newser) - Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told ABC's This Week that, as far as he knows, the Boston Marathon bombing investigation has not uncovered any suspects other than the Tsarnaev brothers. "All the information I have is they acted alone," he said, according to Politico . He also defended the... More »

They Got Him—Alive: Cops Catch Boston Suspect

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding in a boat in Watertown backyard

(Newser) - The manhunt is over. Police caught Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev tonight after finding him hiding in a boat in a Watertown backyard, reports WCVB . Tsarnaev was taken by ambulance to a hospital; the AP reports that he is in serious condition. Multiple gunshots were heard at the scene of... More »

Investigators Have 'Active Leads' in Bomber Hunt

An in-depth look at the Boston investigation

(Newser) - Within minutes of the explosions at the Boston Marathon yesterday, authorities were already mobilizing their investigation. Evidence teams with Boston's Joint Terrorism Task Force moved to secure the bomb site, looking for timing mechanism springs, chemical residues, and other potential evidence, Time reports. FBI and CIA specialists, meanwhile, began... More »

Deval Patrick Picks Ex-Aide to Replace Kerry

William 'Mo' Cowan gets the call over Barney Frank

(Newser) - Sorry, Barney Frank. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will name his former chief-of-staff, William "Mo" Cowan, as John Kerry's interim replacement in the Senate, passing over the more famous retired congressman, a source tells the AP . The pick is expected to be announced later today. Cowan will hold the... More »

Get Ready for Another Black President in 2016

Ben Smith thinks that the Democrats, at least, are sure to nominate a black person

(Newser) - Historically speaking, the next president will probably be the same race as the current one; after all, it's happened 42 of the last 43 times. That's a joke, of course, but Ben Smith at BuzzFeed thinks there's actually a pretty good chance the next president will be... More »

Holder Will Stay, but Just for a Year

Attorney general will honor president's request

(Newser) - Attorney General Eric Holder will stay on into President Obama's second term, as the president has asked him to do, but a senior administration official tells Fox News Holder will remain in his position only "for about a year." Obama wants to avoid a mass exodus, and... More »

Obama Plans Drastic Cabinet Shake-Up

Clinton, Geithner, Panetta, Holder all could be gone

(Newser) - After a first term almost devoid of Cabinet shakeups, President Obama is now working on plans to replace virtually his entire team. Hillary Clinton and Tim Geithner have both publicly announced their exits, but Leon Panetta, Eric Holder, Ray LaHood, Steven Chu, Ken Salazaar, and Lisa Jackson are all expected... More »

Romney Forced Gay Parents to Alter Birth Certificates by Hand

He took a stand against gay parents in Massachusetts

(Newser) - As Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney refused to let the state alter its birth certificates for gay parents—forcing couples to cross out "father" and write "second parent" in ink, the Boston Globe reports. A Department of Public Health lawyer warned that such hand-written alterations hurt "the integrity... More »

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