Biden emerges as early 2020 front-runner for the Democrats Independent.ie Former US vice-president Joe Biden has emerged as an early front-runner among Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination with a dominant lead among voters in Iowa, the first state that will express its preference next year. https://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/biden-emerges-as-early-2020-frontrunner-for-the-democrats-37632259.html https://www.independent.ie/world-news/americas/article37632258.ece/5aa7f/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-12-17_wor_46590123_I1.JPG Email Former US vice-president Joe Biden has emerged as an early front-runner among Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination with a dominant lead among voters in Iowa, the first state that will express its preference next year. A poll has found 32pc of likely party voters saying they back Mr Biden as their first choice, ahead of 19pc for Bernie Sanders and 11pc for Beto O'Rourke, the 46-year-old politician who came close to … [Read more...] about Biden emerges as early 2020 front-runner for the Democrats
opinion Kurt Bardella Opinion columnist Published 4:00 AM EST Dec 16, 2018 One year ago, I published a column in USA TODAY announcing my decision to leave the Republican Party and become a Democrat. My first year as a Democrat has given me an appreciation of the gulf between the world views of Republicans and Democrats. Even how we digest and process information is so different. In the decade I spent working in Republican politics here in Washington, I don’t think I ever heard climate change come up as a serious topic of social conversation. Shocking as it may be to learn, Republicans do not sit around and talk about the environment. As a Democrat, I feel like this topic is a consistent focal point of social conversations. In fact, I’ve found the same thing to be true about gun-law reform, racial inequality, social injustice and sexism. As a Republican, I just never talked about these things, but as a Democrat, I talk about them all … [Read more...] about My first year as a Democrat: I found my voice, embraced my identity
A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional -- a ruling that opposition Democrats vowed to appeal. US District Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling came in a lawsuit filed by several Republican state attorneys general and a governor opposed to the federal government health plan, known officially as the Affordable Care Act. Conservative Republicans have long opposed the plan, signed into law by president Barack Obama in 2010. The case is likely to reach the US Supreme Court, where the five justices in the nine-judge court who voted to uphold Obamacare in a separate case in 2012 are still on the bench. President Donald Trump lost no time in tweeting his opinion on the case. "Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!" Trump wrote. "As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster!" he said. Trump urged … [Read more...] about US judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal
And while the democracies of the UK and US look more vulnerable by the day, countries as diverse as India, Hungary, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, Venezuela and the Philippines are already in the hands of authoritarians. In 2017, the Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index recorded a fall in the number and quality of democracies in every region of the world, as countries struggled to deal with deeply divided electorates. After the 'holiday from history' when the Berlin Wall came down and it looked like democracy would soon rule the world, we're now in the middle of a global backlash. What's going on? 52:48 The Numbers Making Politics Impossible When architects look at classical buildings, they see the 'Golden Mean', the mathematical proportion that creates symmetry and harmony. When pollsters look at electorates, they see everywhere the ratio 52:48, the bare majority that means constant political anger and seesawing between extremes. * Brexit v Remain: 52:48 * Current composition of the … [Read more...] about A new world order: With the US and the UK in disarray, where can Ireland look for a new democratic role model?
Senior House Democrats sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security watchdog requesting an investigation into the death of a 7 year-old migrant girl while she was in the custody of Customs and Border Patrol. Citing "the seriousness of this tragedy" and remaining questions about the girl's death just over a week ago, Democratic lawmakers asked the acting inspector general for DHS to "initiate an investigation into this incident, as well as CBP policies or practices that may have contributed to the child's death." House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, the leading signer of the letter continued, "The investigation should also examine the appropriateness of holding children in Border Patrol stations, which were never designed to hold children."The letter also called for an investigation into CBP's failure to notify Congress of the situation until the week after the girl's death.The girl, identified by the Guatemalan government as Jackeline Caal, and her father … [Read more...] about House Democrats send letter to DHS IG demanding answers about death of 7 year-old migrant girl