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Editorial: Biden's 'unmatched' record of failure is all Kamala Harris has to run on

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On Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris offered her first public remarks since President Joe Biden’s decision to step aside in the upcoming election.

In those remarks, Harris claimed, “Joe Biden’s legacy of accomplishment over the past three years is unmatched in modern history,” continuing later, “In one term, he has already ...Read more

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LZ Granderson: President Harris would be a 'first' in many ways. She can handle it

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The more America sees Vice President Kamala Harris and gets to know her, the more America will see what President Joe Biden saw when he selected her as his running mate: She can handle it.

And I'm not just talking about the campaign schedule, earning the nomination or doing the job. I'm talking about what she'll have to endure as a "first." ...Read more

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Commentary: Illinois should be an economic powerhouse. Why isn't it?

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In each of the six R’s critical to economic development — roads, rails, rivers, runways, routers (technology) and research — Illinois is among the top states in the nation. And it’s smack dab in the middle of the world’s largest economy. Illinois should be an economic powerhouse. Why isn’t it?

As to the state’s strengths, take a ...Read more

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Commentary: It's time to buck the rodeo

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There’s a certain nostalgia for the Wild West, but horses and cows do not deserve to pay with their lives just to satisfy some humans’ desire to play “cowboy." Rodeos are nothing but a show of force and domination that belongs firmly in history books.

This month at the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada, three horses were euthanized ...Read more

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Editorial: No, Kamala Harris is not going to 'steal' the Democratic Party nomination

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In a startlingly swift sequence of events, Vice President Kamala Harris has won the support of party leaders, donors and — most important — delegates who had been expected to support President Joe Biden before he abandoned his quest for a second term.

It’s a remarkable show of solidarity, but Republicans are mischaracterizing it as ...Read more

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Editorial: Harris can't run from Biden's many messes

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Vice President Kamala Harris secured more key endorsements on Monday as she moves toward becoming President Joe Biden’s replacement on the Democratic ticket. Nancy Pelosi bestowed her support on the vice president. Chuck Schumer soon followed.

Harris has raked in oodles of cash since Biden dropped his decision Sunday with a posting on X. The ...Read more

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Commentary: 6 reasons Kamala Harris has better odds than Clinton against Trump

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Almost as quickly as Democrats took a sigh of relief after President Joe Biden ended his reelection campaign, many also started holding their breath.

There was relief because a diminished, doubted 81-year-old candidate stepped aside and endorsed his 59-year-old Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic presidential nominee. After weeks of ...Read more

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Commentary: Bouncing Biden for Harris is a bad look for Democrats and a betrayal of voters

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Three weeks. That’s all it took to overthrow a president.

Joe Biden’s weekend announcement that he would not accept his party’s nomination for another term followed what will go down in history as the single worst presidential debate performance ever.

Bad enough, in this case, to knock Biden out of a race he had already won — the ...Read more

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Commentary: Can Kamala Harris change a presidential race barely affected by a series of seismic events?

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Donald Trump famously said in 2016 that he “could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters.” What sounded like an extraordinary exaggeration at the time has essentially been proven correct: Despite a cascade of disasters, defeats, impeachments, indictments and other events that would have derailed...Read more

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Francis Wilkinson: When Harris calls Trump a predator, voters will listen

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Kamala Harris visited her campaign headquarters on Monday and delivered a key message.

Before becoming a U.S. senator and then vice president, Harris reminded the crowd, she was California’s attorney general and a courtroom prosecutor. “In those roles,” she said, “I took on perpetrators of all kinds: predators who abused women; ...Read more

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Editorial: Heavy balance -- Student loan forgiveness suffers another court defeat

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A federal appeals court last week issued a one-sentence order granting an effort by Missouri and several other states to block the Biden administration’s Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) student loan forgiveness program, dealing yet another blow to the president’s push to help millions of Americans crushed by the burden of high-interest...Read more

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Lara Williams: Our days are getting longer as the polar ice caps melt

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What would you do with extra time in the day? Squeeze in that workout? Finally dust your living room? Maybe, like me, you’d simply opt to get some more sleep. Turns out our days are getting longer — but only by milliseconds. Not enough time for a nap, but long enough to wreak havoc with our computer systems.

Researchers at Swiss university...Read more

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Editorial: Pitted against Kamala Harris, can Trump tone down the racism and misogyny?

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Vice President Kamala Harris is the highest-ranking female in U.S. political history and the first Black woman and Asian American to hold her post. The 59-year-old lawyer is a former U.S. senator and served as California attorney general and San Francisco’s district attorney.

Yet when former President Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s ...Read more

Jay Ambrose: Making America sane again

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American politics these days almost makes you want to hide out in your basement, avoiding, for instance, a televised debate in which President Joe Biden took on former President Donald Trump with an indecipherable jumble of words making just one point, namely that he had no idea what he was talking about.

Soon enough, a mighty gang of fellow ...Read more

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Editorial: After Joe -- Biden's withdrawal decision shifts the election again

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President Joe Biden has withdrawn from the 2024 presidential election, stepping aside in the race to best Donald Trump in a contest over the basic identity of this country.

Whatever one might think of the decision — whether you believe Biden was railroaded out by skittish Dems or stepped aside for the good of the country or something in ...Read more

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Commentary: When our politics turns apocalyptic, we all lose

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The assassination attempt on Donald Trump was terrible and a stain on our republic. In our government, “we the people” are responsible for choosing our leaders. No individual has the right to take that away.

But as wrong as the assassination attempt was (and it was wrong), it is essential to keep perspective. Trump’s vision for America ...Read more

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Mary McNamara: In memes and money, Kamala Harris' note-perfect political instincts are paying off

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Never has an NCAA Sports Day been so widely and breathlessly covered as it was on Monday.

And never has it been clearer that Vice President Kamala Harris, now the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, did not just fall out of a coconut tree.

With President Joe Biden recovering from COVID-19, the task of honoring top college athletes ...Read more

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Nir Kaissar: Vance's rise debunks myth of trickle-down economics

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With Donald Trump’s selection of JD Vance as his running mate, the Republican Party has cemented its turn toward American workers. Speaking at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, Vance pledged a commitment to safeguarding jobs and wages, echoing a Democratic Party that has leaned left in recent years.

How is it that large swaths...Read more

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Commentary: Biden should still run, as Harris' VP

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Now that Joe Biden has exited the race for president, the best strategy for the Democratic Party, is the simplest. Switch Kamala Harris and Biden on the ticket. Harris for president and Biden for vice president. Why not?

Voters, pundits and pollsters were concerned about the president’s capacity, his ability to execute the awesome ...Read more

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Noah Feldman: Why Yale Law is so good at producing reactionaries like JD Vance

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JD Vance’s Yale Law School pedigree came up at least a dozen times at the Republican National Convention. His degree from the institution gives the inexperienced Vance more legitimacy and validates his Horatio Alger story.

The use of elite educational credentials by populist critics of elite education isn’t new. Florida Governor Ron ...Read more

 

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