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June 3, 2019
Mon. 06/03 – Harris and the Protestor
A protestor interrupts Harris onstage at the MoveOn Big Ideas Forum, Sanders holds a grassroots fundraiser at a San Francisco nightclub, and what happened at the California Democratic Party convention. Links: Video clip of Harris protestor incident (Twitter/Face the Nation) Full Video of Harris’s remarks (YouTube/MoveOn) Christopher Cadelago tweet re: protestor (Twitter/Christopher Cadelago) Joy Reid tweet (Twitter/Joy Reid) People have rightfully not gotten over a man storming Kamala Harris’s stage (Mashable) Kyung Lah tweet (Twitter/Kyung Lah) Douglas Emhoff tweet (Twitter/Douglass Emhoff) More MoveOn videos (including many candidates at the Big Ideas Forum) (YouTube/MoveOn) Bernie Sanders After Dark: Inside His First ‘Grass-Roots Fund-Raiser’ (NYT) Meet the 2020 Candidate: Bernie Sanders (The Mezzanine) Ticket prices for Sanders June 1 event (ActBlue) California Is Now an ‘Early Primary State.’ Democrats Are Grappling With How to Compete. (NYT) A Democratic 2020 contender denounces socialism — and gets booed (WaPo) Elizabeth Warren speech (MSN) Beto O’Rourke speech (MSN) Buttigieg speech (MSN)
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May 31, 2019
Fri. 05/31 – Younger Voters Keep Voting
A look at how Millennials, Gen X, and Gen Z voters turned out in 2018, Warren releases a child care cost calculator, Greenpeace releases a scorecard on the candidates’ climate positions, and the new DNC debate requirements are really not going over great with some campaigns. Links: Gen Z, Millennials and Gen X outvoted older generations in 2018 midterms (Pew Research) Generational graph showing midterm turnout (Pew Research) Young Americans Outvoted Baby Boomers in 2018 Midterm Elections. Millennials Doubled 2014 Turnout (Newsweek) Gen Zers, Millennials and Gen Xers outvoted Boomers and older generations in 2016 election (Pew Research) Poverty Guidelines (Department of Health & Human Services) Universal Child Care Calculator (Warren for President) Cancel My Student Debt Calculator (Warren for President) Warren tweet announcing calculator (Twitter/Elizabeth Warren) Nick Klensch tweet responding to calculator (Twitter/Nick Klensch) My plan for Universal Child Care (Medium/Elizabeth Warren) Where’s Your 2020 Candidate on Climate? (Greenpeace USA) Greenpeace USA #Climate2020 Scorecard - How Our Ranking and Research Works (Google Docs/Greenpeace USA) Jay Inslee tops Greenpeace climate grades, Joe Biden gets a D- (NBC News) New Democratic Debate Rules Will Distort Priorities, Some Campaigns Say (NYT) Silver Bulletpoints: Who’s In Danger Of Missing The Third Debate? (FiveThirtyEight) Exclusive: DNC Requires Female Moderators At Every 2020 Debate (Refinery29)
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18 min
May 30, 2019
Thu. 05/30 – Julián Castro’s Immigration Plan
A look at Julián Castro’s immigration plan, what we learned from the documentary Running with Beto, and how the candidates are preparing for June’s debates. Links: Putting people first (Medium/Julián Castro) People First Immigration: Immigration Plan Summary (Julián for the Future)  Other (philosophy) (Wikipedia) Julián Castro wants to radically restrict immigration enforcement (Vox) Julián Castro Talks About Barack Obama, Ben Carson and Immigration (NBC/Late Night with Seth Meyers) O’Rourke tweet from listener Maddie (Maddie/Twitter) Running with Beto (HBO) No One Knows How to Prepare for the Democratic Debates (NY Mag) Twitter @LedPast (Twitter/WaPo)
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19 min
May 29, 2019
Wed. 05/29 – Harris’s Town Hall
The DNC increases its qualifying requirements for the third set of debates, key moments from Harris’s MSNBC Town Hall, a brief glimpse at Republican primary polling four years ago today, and a look at how close presidential elections have become since the late 80s. Links: DNC to raise qualifying threshold for third presidential debate (NBC News) Democrats up requirements for 2nd round of primary debates (AP) Reproductive Rights Act: Blocking Dangerous and Deadly Abortion Restrictions Before They Take Effect (Kamala Harris for the People) Sen. Kamala Harris wants to require laws that threaten Roe v. Wade undergo DoJ approval (MSNBC/The Last Word) The 3 most interesting moments from Kamala Harris’s MSNBC town hall (Vox) The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell (MSNBC) Kamala Harris (Twitter) Health care system not 'fair or just': 5 takeaways from MSNBC Town Hall with Kamala Harris (Greenville News) Neil Stevens tweet re: May 29, 2015 Republican primary poll average (Twitter/Neil Stevens) Are Blowout Presidential Elections A Thing Of The Past? (FiveThirtyEight)
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May 28, 2019
Tue. 05/28 – Candidates Spar Over Bone Spurs
On Memorial Day, Buttigieg and Moulton accuse Trump of dodging the draft; an update on who’s in and who’s probably out for the debates; and how the Hispanic vote might be key for the primaries. Links: Buttigieg Doubles Down On Trump’s Vietnam Deferment: He Faked ‘Disabled Status’ (Talking Points Memo) The Daily 202: Veterans running for the Democratic nomination call Trump a draft dodger as he travels overseas (WaPo) Trump received ‘bone spurs’ diagnosis as a ‘favor,’ doctor’s daughters allege (WaPo) Anderson Cooper 360: Rep. Moulton: Trump is ‘fundamentally unpatriotic’  (Facebook/AC360) Rep. Seth Moulton slams President: 'I have never seen a weaker commander in chief in American history' (MSNBC/Kasie Hunt) Mike Gravel tweet re: donor count (Twitter/Mike Gravel) Jay Inslee hits 65,000-donor threshold to make the Democratic debates (Politico) Democratic presidential nomination, 2020—Who has qualified? (Ballotpedia) 2020 Democratic Polls (Google Sheets, Author Not Listed) 2020 Dem primary calendar may boost Hispanic voter clout (AP)
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19 min
May 24, 2019
Fri. 05/24 – I’m Lovin’ the McDonald’s Strike
Primary candidates rally with McDonald’s workers, Marianne Williamson will be in the DNC debates, a look at Warren’s campaign right now, and Sanders and Gillibrand propose a tax on financial trading. Links: Fight for $15 and a Union McDonald’s Workers Are Striking, and 2020 Candidates Are Paying Attention (NY Mag) Bernie Sanders: Fight for $15 Town Hall at McDonald’s Shareholder Meeting (Facebook) Political positions of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary candidates (Wikipedia)  Buttigieg tweet (Twitter/Pete Buttigieg) Bullock tweet (Twitter/Steve Bullock) Joe Biden and the $15 Question (WSJ) Spirituality guru Marianne Williamson locks in 2020 debate spot (Politico) Slowly and Persistently, Elizabeth Warren Is on the Rise (NY Mag) The State of the Democratic Primary (Morning Consult) How high-frequency trading hit a speed bump (FT) Sen. Sanders and Rep. Lee Introduce Inclusive Prosperity Act to Curb Wall Street Greed (Sanders Senate Site) Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2019 (Bill Text, Sanders Senate Site)
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19 min
May 23, 2019
Thu. 05/23 – Gillibrand Proposes a Family Bill of Rights
Gillibrand introduces a Family Bill of Rights, two candidates are now accepting cryptocurrency donations, how Buttigieg’s comments on Jefferson and Jackson have played in the media, and Nevada is poised to join states in sidestepping the Electoral College. Links: The Family Bill of Rights: a new economic policy for my first 100 days in office (Medium/Kirsten Gillibrand) How Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would address maternal and child health (Politico) Rep. Eric Swalwell Is Accepting Crypto Donations in Bid for US Presidency (CoinDesk) Crypto/Digital Asset Regulation and Consumer Protection (Yang 2020) Andrew Yang Says Blockchain ‘Needs to Be a Big Part of Our Future’ (Bloomberg) 2020 Presidential Hopeful Andrew Yang Says Regulators ‘Owe’ Clarity on Rules for Crypto Industry (CoinDesk) Republican Senate Candidate Accepts The Largest Single Bitcoin Donation in Federal Election (CCN) Mayor Pete Buttigieg On Biography, Policy and Politics (Hugh Hewitt) Daily Caller tweet showing original headline in main tweet text (Twitter/The Daily Caller) Hugh Hewitt tweet thread responding to Daily Caller (Twitter/Hugh Hewitt) Democrats Say the Craziest Things (Karl Rove, WSJ) Republicans Keep Lying About Pete Buttigieg and Thomas Jefferson (NY Mag) Nevada could become 15th state to buck Electoral College in favor of popular vote (CBS News) United States Electoral College (Wikipedia) National Popular Vote Interstate Compact Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/primary-ridehome/message
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20 min
May 22, 2019
Wed. 05/22 – Early Polling Attempts to Gauge Popularity
A new poll shows who registered voters like most—and least, eight primary candidates want a climate-focused debate, Booker proposes a “White House Office of Reproductive Freedom,” and a summary of O’Rourke’s CNN town hall. Links: New poll reveals the least liked Democrat running for president (NBC News) May 21, 2019 - Good Feelings On Economy Don't Help Trump, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Biden Is Only Contender With Positive Score (Quinnipiac University) US Youth Climate Strike (Twitter) Warren climate change debate tweet (Twitter/Elizabeth Warren) How I Will Take Immediate Action to Protect Reproductive Rights as President (Medium/Cory Booker) Cory Booker Vows to Create a White House Office for Reproductive Freedom (The Daily Beast) O'Rourke unveils plan to protect and expand women's reproductive rights and health care (CNN) Beto busts out at CNN town hall (Politico) Six takeaways from Beto O'Rourke's CNN town hall (CNN) Protect Reproductive Rights | CNN Town Hall (YouTube/Beto O’Rourke) Impeachment | CNN Town Hall (YouTube/Beto O’Rourke) Beto O'Rourke takes questions at CNN town hall (CNN) Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/primary-ridehome/message
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19 min
May 21, 2019
Tue. 05/21 – Summer is Coming
How the field will winnow, according to Charlie Cook; Buttigieg releases policy proposals (sort of); and the hidden value of Inslee’s climate plans. Links: It Won't Take Long for the Deep Dem Field to Start Thinning (Cook Political Report) Week-By-Week Look at Google Searches of 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates (Cook Political Report) Issues: It’s time to reclaim the values that drive our policy decisions (Pete for America) Pete Buttigieg unveils first list of policy proposals (Axios) National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (Wikipedia) Yang 2020 – Policy — Make Election Day a Holiday (Yang 2020) Green New Deal (PDF, 116th Congress) An Evergreen Economy for America (Jay Inslee) Jay Inslee is writing the climate plan the next president should adopt (Vox) WATCH: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces 2020 presidential bid (PBS NewsHour)
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20 min
May 20, 2019
Mon. 05/20 – Buttigieg Bashes Fox News While on Fox News
Buttigieg criticizes Fox News during his Fox News Town Hall, Harris has a plan to close the gender wage gap, and Biden holds his campaign kickoff event in Philadelphia. Links: Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg | Part 1 (YouTube/Fox News) Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg | Part 2 (YouTube/Fox News) Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg | Part 3 (YouTube/Fox News) Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg | Part 4 (YouTube/Fox News) 'I don't care': Buttigieg draws applause at Fox News town hall for dismissing Trump's tweets (USA Today) Pete Buttigieg Fox News Town Hall: Live Analysis (NYT) Holding Corporations Accountable for Pay Inequality in America (Kamala Harris for the People) Kamala Harris proposes equal pay measure to close gender gap (Reuters) Kamala Harris Announces Plan to Close the Gender Pay Gap (NYT) Joe Biden uses his campaign kickoff to argue Americans want unity (Vox) Watch Live: Joe Biden holds official campaign kickoff rally in Philadelphia (YouTube/NBC News) Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally in Philadelphia (YouTube/6abc Philadelphia) Biden rejects Democrats’ anger in call for national unity (AP) Biden Delivers Call for National Unity at Philadelphia Rally (NYT) Transcript: Biden Rally (CNN)
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19 min
May 17, 2019
Fri. 05/17 – Warren's Plan for Choice
Warren calls on Congress to act on abortion rights, a grab bag of media appearances by the candidates, Rachel Maddow's rise as a must-visit primary show, and do Americans really care if a given candidate is over 70 years old? Links: Warren video tweet re abortion (Twitter/Elizabeth Warren) Congressional Action to Protect Choice (Medium/Team Warren) Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan to Save Abortion Rights (Sarah Jones) Sen. Michael Bennet’s Own Daughters Mock Him for Being "Mild-Mannered" (YouTube/Late Night with Seth Meyers) Yang tweet, MSNBC video re: penny (Twitter/Andrew Yang) De Blasio tweet re: “Con Don” (Twitter/Bill de Blasio) Beto O’Rourke livestreamed his haircut. Yes, his haircut. (Mashable) The Memo: 2020 Dems line up for Maddow primary (The Hill) A Lot Of Americans Say They Don’t Want A President Who Is Over 70. Really? (FiveThirtyEight)
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May 16, 2019
Thu. 05/16 – Bill de Blasio is Running
Bill de Blasio is running, Pennsylvania polling looks good for Democrats, and Warren proposes a climate change plan for the US military. Links: Working People First | Bill de Blasio 2020 (YouTube/Bill de Blasio) Yashar Ali thread regarding de Blasio and his city vehicle (Yashar Ali/Twitter) Who Hasn’t Told Bill de Blasio That He Shouldn’t Run for President? (NY Mag) Mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio has had three different legal names, court records show (NY Daily News) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce presidential bid (NBC News) De Blasio to kick off presidential campaign with trips to Iowa and South Carolina this weekend (NY Daily News) Sure, Bill de Blasio, Why Not? (The Atlantic) Ryan Struyk tweet re Pennsylvania Quinnipiac poll (Twitter) Electoral Vote Map (Taegan Goddard) Our military can help lead the fight in combating climate change (Elizabeth Warren/Medium)
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18 min
May 15, 2019
Wed. 05/15 – Biden Believes in Consensus
O’Rourke reintroduces his campaign, we check in on Joe Biden, and what the primary candidates think about daily press briefings. Links: Beto O’Rourke plans ‘reintroduction’ as 2020 buzz fizzles (AP) A Beto Reboot Is in the Works, As His Campaign Sags (NY Mag) “Public Service Announcement” by Jay-Z (Genius) O’Rourke: I need to ‘do a better job … of talking to a national audience’ (Politico) CNN to host Beto O'Rourke town hall May 21 (CNN) RACHEL MADDOW ONE-ON-ONE WITH BETO O’ROURKE (MSNBC) Trump Can’t Stop Attacking Biden. G.O.P. Strategists Wish He Would. (NYT) Biden Is (Still) Leading Cable News Coverage (FiveThirtyEight) Biden’s Early Dominance Tests the Strength of Democratic Left (Bloomberg) Twitter Isn’t Real Life (if You’re a Democrat) (NYT) The Hill tweet re: Biden (VIDEO) (Twitter)
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17 min
May 14, 2019
Tue. 05/14 – Bullock is Running and the 2020 Senate Race Looks Rough
Steve Bullock is running, the importance of the Senate in 2020 and beyond, and Warren gives Fox News a hard pass in a Twitter thread for the ages. Links: Fair Shot (Steve Bullock/YouTube) Una Oportunidad Para Todos (subtítulos en español) (Steve Bullock/YouTube) My biggest supporters. (Steve Bullock/YouTube) Clean And Fair Elections (Montana DOJ) Montana Gov. Steve Bullock jumps into crowded 2020 presidential race (WaPo) Brian Tylor Cohen thread (Twitter) 2021 Could Be a Nightmare for Democrats — Even If Trump Loses (NY Mag) Democrats May Need a Big Presidential Win to Flip the Senate in 2020 (NY Mag) Elizabeth Warren tweets about Fox News town halls (Twitter)
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20 min
May 13, 2019
Mon. 05/13 – Abolishing the Penny and Dropping Out Before Iowa
The DNC announces new tie-breaker rules for the debates, Andrew Yang wants to abolish the penny, Howard Schultz appears to be reconsidering his independent run, half of the field could drop out after the Iowa caucuses, and Montana Governor Steve Bullock is definitely probably maybe running. Links: Here’s How The Democrats Will Limit The Debate Field If Too Many People Qualify (FiveThirtyEight) DNC ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR THE FIRST TWO PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DEBATES (UPDATED) (DNC) The Penny Makes No Cents (Yang 2020) What’s a Penny Made Of? (Live Science) It cost 1.5 cents to make a penny last year (CBS News) Howard Schultz Has Largely Stopped His Presidential Prep Work (The Daily Beast) Howard Schultz Has Slowed Down His Pre-Campaign Press Tour (NY Mag) Ex-Starbucks boss Howard Schultz’s presidential rollout got tons of attention — and didn’t go well at all (CNBC) Some Of Today’s Candidates (Probably) Won’t Make It To Iowa (FiveThirtyEight) Potential 2020 candidate Montana Gov. Steve Bullock teases 'big announcement' (ABC News) Steve Bullock teaser video tweet thread (Twitter)
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16 min
May 10, 2019
Fri. 05/10 – Sanders on Loan Sharks and Warren on TIME Magazine
We now have a specific location for the first primary debates, how cable TV town halls have become a key part of primary coverage, Andrew Yang plans to use holograms to spread his message, Sanders teams up with Ocasio-Cortez on banking reform, and Elizabeth Warren is on the cover of TIME Magazine. Links: First Democratic presidential debate set for Miami's Arsht Center, host NBC News announces (NBC News) How CNN’s Town Hall Industrial Complex Is Shaping The 2020 Race (FiveThirtyEight) Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang hologram may appear somewhere near you (Des Moines Register) Yang tweet involving Tupac dance (Twitter) Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez Propose 15% Cap on Credit Card Interest (Bloomberg) Bernie and AOC Team Up Against Companies That Prey on the Poor (NY Mag) Livestream w/Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez on lending interest limits and banking (Periscope) 'I Have a Plan for That.' Elizabeth Warren Is Betting That Americans Are Ready for Her Big Ideas (TIME Magazine)
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May 9, 2019
Thu. 05/09 – Two Campaigns Unionize
How Amy Klobuchar’s Fox News Town Hall turned out, campaign workers for two candidates have now joined unions, Kamala Harris introduces a bill to help public defenders, and Elizabeth Warren releases her plan to eliminate opioid addiction. Links: Amy Klobuchar’s Fox News town hall: 4 takeaways to know (Fox News, includes video) On Fox News, Amy Klobuchar Makes Her Case to the Left and the Right (NYT) Town Hall with Amy Klobuchar | Part 2 (Includes Kavanaugh exchange) (YouTube/Fox News) Amy Klobuchar on Brett Kavanaugh: “He got a really good job out of the whole thing” (Vox) Kavanaugh apologizes after spar with Klobuchar (video) (CNN) Bernie 2020 becomes first unionized presidential campaign in history (Roll Call) UFCW 400 Sanders Campaign announcement (UFCW Local 400) Swalwell tweet announcing Teamsters swearing-in (Twitter) Harris Introduces EQUAL Defense Act to Boost Pay and Resources, Limit Workload of Public Defenders (Harris Senate Site) Dozens of California Leaders Applaud Harris’ EQUAL Defense Act (Harris Senate Site) My comprehensive plan to end the opioid crisis (Medium/Elizabeth Warren)
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May 8, 2019
Wed. 05/08 – Why Aren’t the Primaries All on One Day?
A deep dive into why the Democratic primaries are on different dates, and every state doesn’t just go at once; Gillibrand says she’ll only nominate judges who will uphold Roe v. Wade; and a look at Fox News and its unlikely position as a power player in the Democratic primary. Links: 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar (Frontloading HQ, Josh Putnam) Colorado Democrats plan to hold 2020 primary on Super Tuesday (VIDEO) (Colorado Politics) Why Does Iowa Vote First, Anyway? (NPR Politics) Why aren't all the primaries on the same day? (Vox/YouTube) United States Primaries Explained (CGP Grey) Fewer States Will Have Caucuses in 2020. Will It Matter? (NYT) Primaries and caucuses (Khan Academy) I will only nominate judges who will uphold Roe v. Wade and protect reproductive rights (Medium/Kirsten Gillibrand) Gillibrand Offers Explicit Abortion Rights Litmus Test for Judicial Nominees (NY Mag) Trump vows that he will overturn Roe v. Wade “automatically.” (The New Republic) Clinton: ‘I have a bunch of litmus tests’ for Supreme Court nominees (The Hill) Fox News is the unlikely new power player in the 2020 Democratic primary (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
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17 min
May 7, 2019
Tue. 05/07 – The Sanders Cable Access TV Show
A look at Sanders and his old cable access TV show, a new poll shows Biden pulling support away from pretty much everybody else, and all about Warren’s tax proposal on the ultra-wealthy. Links: ‘Anyone Ever Seen Cocaine?’ What We Found in the Archives of Bernie Sanders’s Long-Lost TV Show. (Politico Magazine) Bernie Speaks 50: Bernie Sanders' Remarks at the Vanguard Media Mash - 04/19/1988 (YouTube) CCTV Bernie Speaks with the Community Archive The State of the Democratic Primary (Morning Consult) Steve Kornacki does the Morning Consult delta math (Twitter) Senator Warren Unveils Proposal to Tax Wealth of Ultra-Rich Americans (Warren’s Senate site) Understanding Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax (includes interview with Zucman) (Barron’s) Elizabeth Warren Wants a Wealth Tax. How Would That Even Work? (NYT) Chris Rock on Being Rich vs. Being Wealthy [explicit] (Comedy Central) Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/primary-ridehome/message
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18 min
May 6, 2019
Mon. 05/06 – Gender Bias, Guns, and Sunday School
How gender bias plays into the “electability” problem, Buttigieg is the latest candidate to visit Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School class, Cory Cooker’s plan to end gun violence, and new polling shows Republicans are even more enthusiastic than Democrats about 2020. Links: How gender bias is shaping the 2020 Democratic primary (WaPo) Buttigieg, husband attend Jimmy Carter’s Sunday school class (Politico) Buttigieg, husband attend Jimmy Carter’s Sunday school class (AP) Maranatha Baptist Church – Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School Class Info Cory’s Plan to End the Gun Violence Epidemic (Medium/Cory Booker) Cory Booker tweet announcing gun violence plan (Twitter) Amanda Marcotte tweet re Booker plan (Twitter) Democrats lose their enthusiasm advantage in latest NBC News/WSJ poll (NBC News)
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19 min
May 3, 2019
Fri. 05/03 – Harris Leverages “Nasty” Remarks & Inslee’s Climate Plan
Harris uses Trump’s “nasty” comments to raise money, Jay Inslee releases an ambitious climate plan, Pete and Chasten Buttigieg are on the cover of Time Magazine, Tim Ryan releases his tax returns, and candidates are asking for more donors to qualify for the debates…even the ones who already have enough donors to qualify. Links: Harris fundraises off Trump calling her 'nasty' (The Hill) After the Barr hearing, President Trump singles out Sen. Kamala Harris (WaPo) Kamala Harris’s questioning of Barr delivers a punch after an uneven campaign stretch (WaPo) Democratic hopeful Jay Inslee rolls out plan to dramatically cut carbon pollution (WaPo) Gov. Jay Inslee unveils sweeping initiative to combat climate change (ABC News) 100% Clean Energy for America (Inslee for America) Mayor Pete Buttigieg's Unlikely, Untested, Unprecedented Presidential Campaign (TIME) Chasten Buttigieg has been a homeless community college student and a Starbucks barista. Now, he could be ‘first gentleman.’ (WaPo) Tim Ryan releases 10 years of tax returns (The Hill) Tim Ryan releases a decade worth of tax returns (Cleveland.com) Tim Ryan’s Tax Returns (Tim Ryan for America) Democrats Have 20 Spots in the First Debate. There Are Now 21 Candidates. (NYT) Who’s in the Democratic Debates, and Who’s in Danger of Missing Them (NYT Interactive) Gravel 2020 donor numbers (Twitter)
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19 min
May 2, 2019
Thu. 05/02 – Bennet is Running and Harris Goes Viral
Senator Michael Bennet is officially running, Kamala Harris wins the media cycle questioning Bill Barr, a look into Beto O’Rourke’s teenage hacker past, and candidates sign a “No Fossil Fuel Money” pledge. Links: Sen. Michael Bennet announces he's running for president in 2020 (CBS News) "7,591 words" (YouTube/Michael Bennet) “Bennet for America” YouTube Channel Bennet’s Senate YouTube Channel Rising to the Challenge (Medium) Bennet’s “Ted Cruz Speech” (MSNBC) James Bennet recuses himself (Twitter/NYT) Democratic presidential candidates slam Attorney General William Barr amid calls for his resignation (ABC News) Watch Cory Booker Try Not to Laugh as Kamala Harris Questions William Barr (NY Mag) Beto O’Rourke’s secret membership in America’s oldest hacking group (Reuters) My Day With The Dentist, by Psychedelic Warlord (TextFiles.org) A Feature on MONEY - Today's Monster, by Psychedelic Warlord (TextFiles.org) More CDC writings (TextFiles.org) No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge (Candidate List) O'Rourke signs 'No Fossil Fuel Money' pledge, returns donations (Politico)
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May 1, 2019
Wed. 05/01 – Democracy Dollars, Biden’s Bounce, and the Senior Surge
Gillibrand’s new “Democracy Dollars” plan, Biden’s big bounce in the polls, what the Biden bounce means for Sanders, a “senior surge” accompanied the youth voting surge last year, what the candidates think about vaccination, and Buttigieg releases his tax returns. Links: My Clean Elections Plan to get money out of politics (Kirsten Gillibrand/Medium) 'Democracy Dollars': Gillibrand's plan to give every voter $600 to donate to campaigns (NBC News) Gillibrand proposes public campaign financing plan (Politico) Does Biden’s Polling Bounce Mean Anything? (FiveThirtyEight) The ‘Biden Bounce’ and Warren Surge Are Challenges for Bernie Sanders (NY Mag) Democrats’ Senior Surge Could Help Joe Biden (Bloomberg) We Asked All Of The 2020 Presidential Candidates Their Thoughts On Vaccines. Here's What They Said. (BuzzFeed News) Where Every Measles Case Has Been Reported This Year (NYT) Pete Buttigieg releases 10 years of tax returns, showing he is among lowest earners of 2020 Democrats (CNN) Pete Buttigieg releases 10 years of tax returns on campaign website (IndyStar) Buttigieg Tax Returns (Pete 2020)
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April 30, 2019
Tue. 04/30 – Polls, Unity, and Biden Supports a Public Option
Stacey Abrams is not running for Senate, early polling in Texas finds surprising results, a CNN poll finds voter enthusiasm is way up, Pete Buttigieg faces false attacks from the right wing, 2020 candidates begin signing a unity pledge, and Biden supports a public option—but not Medicare for All. Links: Stacey Abrams rules out 2020 Senate bid (NBC News) Poll finds Trump in dead head-to-head heats with four Dems in Texas (The Hill) 2020 Texas: Biden and Beto in Dead Heat in Democratic Primary (Emerson Polling) Electoral Vote Map (Taegan Goddard) Ryan Struyk tweet (Twitter) CNN Poll: Biden solidifies front-runner status with post-announcement bump (CNN) Raw CNN poll data (SSRS) There is no gender gap in our poll (CNN/Enten) Far-Right Smear Merchants Try to Slime Pete Buttigieg with Bogus Sex Assault Claim (The Daily Beast) 2020 Candidates Begin Signing Unity Pledge, With Sanders Taking the Lead (NY Mag) Candidate unity pledge (scroll down for visual indicator of who has said yes) (Indivisible) ‘Bring it on’: Biden and Sanders teams kick off debate over Medicare-for-all (WaPo)
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April 29, 2019
Mon. 04/29 – Poll Shows 54% of Democrats Have No Preference
Beto O’Rourke releases his plan to address climate change, Joe Biden raises a boatload of money on his first day, rumor has it that Stacey Abrams might announce today or tomorrow whether she’s running for Senate or President, a new poll reveals that 54 percent of Democrats still aren’t leaning toward any particular candidate, Buttigieg is returning donations from lobbyists, and, finally, a grab-bag of additional Biden news and analysis. Links: Beto O'Rourke releases $5 trillion plan to combat climate crisis (NBC News) Taking On Our Greatest Threat: Climate Change (Beto for America) Biden crushes it in first-day fundraising: $6.3 million (Politico) Jeffrey Cook tweet re Abrams (Twitter) Biden holds a slight advantage over nearest 2020 rival, but Democrats are far from making a decision (WaPo) Pete Buttigieg's campaign to return lobbyist donations (Axios) IAFF Biden Endorsement (Twitter) IAFF Endorses Joe Biden for President (YouTube) In Pennsylvania, Joe Biden Finds Support Where He Most Needs It (NYT) The Gray Race for the White House (The Atlantic) Joe Biden and the Apologies that Weren’t (NYT)
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19 min
April 26, 2019
Fri. 04/26 – Women of Color
Biden’s apology to Anita Hill falls flat, the candidates speak to women of color at the She the People forum, and is Stacey Abrams running for President? Or the Senate? Or what? Links: Joe Biden Expresses Regret to Anita Hill, but She Says ‘I’m Sorry’ Is Not Enough (NYT) Joe Biden was in charge of the Anita Hill hearing. Even he says it wasn’t fair. (WaPo) Biden's 'Anita' problem (Politico, 2015) ‘The View’ Hosts Joe Biden: Live Updates and Analysis (NYT) At She the People Forum, 2020 Candidates Speak Directly to Women of Color (NYT) Restoration Versus Revolution (Cook Political Report) With Stacey Abrams Taking Her Time, Democrats Eye Backup Georgia Senate Candidate (NY Mag) Stacey Abrams builds massive political network ahead of 2020 decision (Politico) If Stacey Abrams Wants To Run For President, She Probably Shouldn’t Wait Much Longer (FiveThirtyEight) Stacey Abrams says she could wait until fall to enter presidential race (WaPo)
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April 25, 2019
Thu. 04/25 – Biden Time
Joe Biden makes it official, Cory Booker releases his tax returns, and a look behind the scenes of the Biden run from before his announcement. Links: Joe Biden Finally Launches Campaign With Video Directly Attacking Trump (NY Mag) Joe Biden Joins 2020 Democratic Presidential Race (WSJ) Joe Biden: America Is An Idea (YouTube) Joe Biden para Presidente: Palabras (YouTube) Joe Biden’s website (En Español) David Rutz tweet re Obama endorsement (Twitter) Booker’s tax returns: Speaking fees and royalties drive income (Politico) Cory Booker Tax Returns (Cory 2020) How Biden Plans to Steamroll the 2020 Democratic Field (NY Mag) Biden racks up congressional endorsements (The Hill) Biden hires strategist Symone Sanders, adds diversity to bid (AP)
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April 24, 2019
Wed. 04/24 – Young Voter Turnout Surges and Candidates Consider Legalizing Marijuana
Young voter turnout is way up, Jay Inslee calls for a debate specifically devoted to climate change, where the candidates stand on legalizing marijuana, what’s up with the 15 percent threshold, and a look at the candidates’ cash on hand. Links: Young voter turnout increased by 79 percent in 2018 midterms (The Hill) Young people actually rocked the vote in 2018, new Census Bureau data finds (WaPo) Strong Midterm Turnout Should Continue in 2020 (NY Mag) American Goes to the Polls 2018 (McDonald, PDF) My Fellow Democratic Candidates for President: Let’s Debate Climate Change (Medium/Jay Inslee) LEGAL WEED: HERE'S WHERE EVERY 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE STANDS ON MARIJUANA REFORM AND LEGALIZATION (NewsWeek) Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Need 2016 Support Levels to Win Lots of Delegates (NY Mag) DNC Delegate Selection Rules (PDF) OnAir: Cash on Hand Is Growing (Cook Political Report) Cash on Hand data (FEC)
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April 23, 2019
Tue. 04/23 – Town Halls Aplenty and Biden Delays
Kamala Harris calls for impeachmentin a CNN Town Hall, a bunch of other key moments from the five CNN Town Hall events last night, Monmouth University releases its latest 2020 preference poll, and Biden delays his announcement. Links: Ryan Saavedra on Harris’s call for impeachment (Twitter) Highlights From CNN’s Town Halls With Five 2020 Candidates (NY Mag) Jeb Bush: “Please Clap” (YouTube) CNN transcripts from April 22 (CNN)  Democratic Presidential Candidates Answer Students' Questions at CNN Town Hall: Live Updates (Harvard Crimson) Monmouth University 2020 poll (Twitter) Dem 2020 Diversity Not a Priority (Monmouth University) Joe Biden Reportedly Delays Wednesday Campaign Announcement (NY Mag) Edward-Isaac Dovere tweet re: Biden delay (Twitter) Joe Biden campaign launch back in flux, potentially delayed (Philadelphia Inquirer) Joe Biden Is Running for President (The Atlantic) Joe Biden Will Announce His Presidential Campaign Next Week, Unless He Doesn't, But He Probably Will (Time)
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April 22, 2019
Mon. 04/22 – Moulton is In, Warren to Eliminate Student Debt
Seth Moulton is running, Warren proposes student debt relief for millions, a quick update on the Stop & Shop strike, Warren comes out in favor of impeachment, and Michael Bennet may be ready to run. Links: Democrat Rep. Seth Moulton to run for president in 2020(ABC News) Rep. Seth Moulton joins the 2020 presidential race(WaPo) Elizabeth Warren Proposes Scrapping Student-Loan Debt for Millions(Bloomberg) I’m calling for something truly transformational: Universal free public college and cancellation of student loan debt(Team Warren/Medium) Senator Warren Unveils Proposal to Tax Wealth of Ultra-Rich Americans(Warren Senate site) Tentative deal reached between Stop & Shop, striking workers(Boston Globe) Warren tweets on impeachment(Twitter) Trip Gabriel tweet(Twitter) Andrew Rose Gregory tweet(Twitter) Warren Comes Out for Impeachment(NY Mag) Possible 2020 contender Michael Bennet gets clean bill of health after cancer treatment(NBC News) Michael Bennet’s Response to Ted Cruz(YouTube)
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April 19, 2019
Fri. 04/19 – The Stop & Shop Strike and Biden is Ready
Which candidates have already qualified for the debates, the Stop & Shop strike draws primary candidates, Joe Biden is expected to announce on Wednesday, Buttigieg is planning to become a father, and Sanders gets endorsements from black lawmakers in South Carolina. Links: Who Might Make The Democratic Debate Stage? (FiveThirtyEight) DNC Mulls Higher Bar to Qualify for Primary Debates (RCP) All the News That Was Buried by the Mueller Report (Stop & Shop) (NY Mag) Warren at Stop & Shop rally (Boston Herald/YouTube) Joe Biden supports striking Stop & Shop workers in Dorchester (Boston Herald) Buttigieg Joins Stop & Shop Workers on the Picket Line in Malden (NECN) Joe Biden is Running for President (The Atlantic) Biden expected to launch presidential campaign next week (AP News) 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg says he and husband planning to have a child soon (ABC News) Sanders gets endorsements from 7 black S. Carolina lawmakers (AP News)
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April 18, 2019
Thu. 04/18 – National Service Programs and Climate Change
Buttigieg and Delaney propose national service programs, Terry McAuliffe is officially NOT running, an update on Gravel’s fundraising as a protest candidate, why the press is so enthusiastic about Buttigieg, and where all the candidates stand on climate change. Links: Buttigieg and Delaney Want to Bring Back One of Bill Clinton’s Signature Proposals (NY Mag) Delaney Announces National Service and Climate Corps Plan in New Hampshire (Delaney Campaign) Pete Buttigieg suggests national service program (Politico) Ex-Virginia Gov. McAuliffe won’t run for president in 2020 (AP News) Former Alaskan Senator Is Running for President: But Not to Win (Daily Caller) Why the Media Dumped Beto for Mayor Pete (Politico) Why is Pete Buttigieg so popular? Here are some theories (WaPo) We Asked the 2020 Democrats About Climate Change (Yes, All of Them). Here Are Their Ideas. (NYT) How 18 Democratic Candidates Responded to a Climate Policy Survey (NYT)
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April 17, 2019
Wed. 04/17 – Buttigieg vs. Hecklers & Warren on Public Lands
A look at how policy is used as a tool by candidates, Bernie Sanders gets cheers on Fox News, the full FEC fundraising list is now online, Buttigieg faces hecklers in Iowa, and Warren proposes a new plan to protect public lands. Links: Some thoughts on Buttigieg Taking Off and Warren seeming to be Grounded (TPM) From Breezy Beto to Wonky Warren: How Candidates Use Policy (NY Mag) Bernie Sanders draws enthusiastic cheers in surprising Fox News town hall (The Guardian) The Full FEC Fundraising List (FEC) Buttigieg Supporters Drown Out Hecklers Screaming About Sodom And Gomorrah (TPM) My plan for public lands (Medium/Team Warren) Elizabeth Warren Proposes Broad Plan to Protect Public Lands (NYT) Federal Land Ownership: Overview and Data (Congressional Research Service)
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April 16, 2019
Tue. 04/16 – More Fun Tax Returns; Bill Weld Challenges Trump
Bernie Sanders releases his tax returns, Bill Weld is officially challenging Trump in the Republican primary, wealthy Democrats are worried about Sanders, most of the Democratic Q1 fundraising numbers are officially online, how the polls match up with the money, and Beto O’Rourke releases ten years of tax returns too.  Links: Sanders Releases 10 Years of Tax Returns, 9 Months Before Caucuses & Primaries Begin (Sanders Campaign Site) Bernie Sanders and his wife earned $1.7 million in past two years, returns show (WaPo) Bill Weld officially announces he is challenging Trump for GOP nomination in 2020 (CNN) Bill Weld launches campaign against Trump for 2020 Republican nomination (WaPo) How Much Trouble Could Bill Weld Cause Trump In The 2020 GOP Primary? (FiveThirtyEight) ‘Stop Sanders’ Democrats Are Agonizing Over His Momentum (NYT) Democratic fundraising numbers including Q1 (FEC) Marianne Williamson: Oprah confidant, author, spiritual teacher and presidential candidate (ABC News) Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke releases 10 years of tax returns (CNBC) Harry Enten tweet (Twitter)
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April 15, 2019
Mon. 04/15 – Mayor Pete Brings the Heat
Buttigieg makes it official, Cory Booker returns to Newark for a rally, an explainer on what the difference is between a presidential exploratory committee and officially announcing that you’re running, more on campaign fundraising, and Kamala Harris wins the prize for most tax returns released. Links: Watch live: Pete Buttigieg officially announces 2020 presidential bid (NBC News/YouTube)  TRANSCRIPT: Pete Buttigieg announcement 4/14/2019 Thousands Stood In The Rain To See Buttigieg, Hundreds Never Made It Inside (WVPE) Mayor Steve Picks Mayor Pete for President (Austin Chronicle) Lis Smith tweet on fundraising (Twitter) Pete Buttigieg fans ignore rain, cold as they crowd downtown South Bend for announcement (South Bend Tribune) Booker returns to Newark to recharge his 2020 campaign (WaPo) "Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]" (University of Pennsylvania) Cory Booker Kicks Off 2020 Campaign in Hometown of Newark (Rolling Stone) Exploratory committees, the weird opening act of the 2020 campaign, explained (Vox) Vox’s Dylan Scott tweets an explainer on the explainer (Twitter) FEC fundraising data so far (FEC) Bernie Sanders still dominates 2020 fundraising (CNN) Julián Castro raises $1.1 million in first quarter for his presidential bid (Texas Tribune) Trump Raises $30 Million in First Quarter, Smashing Democratic Numbers (NY Mag) NPR Politics Podcast: 2020 Update: First Quarter Fundraising, What The Numbers Tell Us And What They Don't (NPR) Kamala Harris Is Latest 2020 Presidential Contender to Release Tax Returns (Time)
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April 12, 2019
Fri. 04/12 – All About Medicare for All
A deep dive on the latest Bernie Sanders Medicare for All plan: what it is, what it might mean for you, and how we might pay for it. After that, a look at what’s happening on the ground in Iowa, anda quick perspective on fundraising overall. Links: Read Bernie Sanders’s 2019 Medicare-for-all plan (Vox) Medicare for All and Beyond, Sanders Uses the Senate as His Launching Pad (NYT) Would ‘Medicare for All’ Save Billions or Cost Billions? (NYT) Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-all plan, explained (Vox) Bernie Sanders Can Still Set Himself Apart on Medicare for All (NY Mag/Intelligencer) As Sanders Calls For 'Medicare-For-All,' A Twist On That Plan Gains Traction (NPR) Bernie Sanders’ new Medicare for All bill would cover some long-term care (Roll Call) Sanders relaunches 'Medicare for All' with Dems divided (ABC News) Bernie Sanders Introduces New Medicare For All Bill, Welcoming War With Insurance Industry (HuffPo) In the massive presidential field, on-the-ground organizing in Iowa may make the difference (Des Moines Register) Des Moines Register Candidate Tracker for Iowa Mark Murray fundraising tweet (Twitter) 2020 hopeful Andrew Yang unveils plan to use 3D hologram to campaign in 'two or three places' at once (CNN, includes video)
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April 11, 2019
Thu. 04/11 – Warren, Booker, Castro, and Gabbard
Warren raises $6 million, Warren releases yet more tax returns, Cory Booker wants to fix bias in algorithms, Julián Castro plans a big-bet rally, and Tulsi Gabbard will be in the debates.  Links: Warren raises $6 million in first quarter (Politico) Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised $6 million in first quarter of 2019, trailing several other presidential candidates (Washington Post) An update on our first FEC deadline (Roger Lau, Medium) 2020 presidential candidate Jay Inslee releases tax returns (AP News) Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 Campaign Says It Raised $6 Million (NYT) New bill aims to stamp out bias in algorithms used by companies (NBC News) Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2019 Bill Text Wyden, Booker, Clarke Introduce Bill Requiring Companies To Target Bias In Corporate Algorithms (Senator Ron Wyden) Castro tries to pull a Beto with Trump counter-rally (Politico) Tulsi Gabbard 65,000 donor tweet (Twitter) Pelosi to AP: 2020 Dem ticket doesn’t have include a woman (AP News)
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April 10, 2019
Wed. 04/10 – How to Count (Candidates)
Nate Silver teaches us how to count candidates, Biden is rumored to announce after Easter, Oregon is poised to join the national popular vote movement, Washington state has a primary that will actually matter, and Amy Walter breaks down everything you need to know about 2020—the big picture stuff. Links: Here’s How We’re Defining A ‘Major’ Presidential Candidate (FiveThirtyEight) DNC Rules on How to Qualify for Primary Debates (Democratic National Committee) FEC Data Explorer – All Democratic Candidates for 2020 (FEC) Biden still plans 2020 announcement this month (Axios) Oregon could be the next state to OK sending electoral votes to winner of the popular vote (CNN) After Tense Hearing, Oregon Poised To Join National Popular Vote Movement (OPB) Electoral Vote Map (Taegan Goddard) Washington Democrats choose presidential primary for 2020, ditching precinct caucuses (Seattle Times) Look at the Forest, Not the Trees: What We Do and Don't Know About 2020 (Cook Political Report)
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April 9, 2019
Tue. 04/09 – Swalwell and Gravel are In, and Klobuchar Out-Raises Booker
Eric Swalwell gets into the race on Colbert, Mike Gravel enters the race—kinda, Amy Klobuchar rakes in $5 million, FiveThirtyEight analyzes cable TV news so you don’t have to watch it, and Biden still leads in early polling. Links: Eric Swalwell announces 2020 presidential bid (CNN) Amy Walter tweet (Twitter) Bradley Beychok tweet (Twitter) Fred Guttenberg tweet (Twitter) The Teens Have Officially Convinced Mike Gravel to Run for President (Rolling Stone) Mike Gravel 2020 Announcement (YouTube) Mike Gravel 2008 Announcement (YouTube) Mike Gravel 2020 Platform Draft (Google Docs) Amy Klobuchar raises $5.2 million for White House bid, campaign says (CNN) Bernie Sanders And Pete Buttigieg Had A Good Week On Cable News (FiveThirtyEight) GDELT Summary Television Explorer TV News Archive (Internet Archive) Jay Smooth reacts to 538 news analysis (Twitter) Poll: Biden tops Democratic field after rough week (Politico)
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April 8, 2019
Mon. 04/08 - Ryan Is In, Plus Buttigieg vs. Pence
Today: Tim Ryan is officially in the race, everybody wants John Lewis’s endorsement, Bernie Sanders still hasn’t released his tax returns—but I’ll tell you who HAS, Pete Buttigieg calls out the Mike Pences of the world, Joe Biden hedges his announcement-timing bets, and a fun way to view the electoral vote map. Links: How Tim Ryan Could Win The 2020 Democratic Nomination (FiveThirtyEight) Is The ‘Yoga Vote’ A Thing? (FiveThirtyEight) John Lewis is endorsement every Dem candidate wants (The Hill) John Lewis Plays With His Cats (Roll Call) Bernie Sanders Still Dragging His Feet on Releasing His Tax Returns (NY Mag) 'A kind of war': Buttigieg describes struggle with sexual orientation in emotional speech (NBC News) Chasten Buttigieg on Twitter Biden: I'd want to be last person to announce 2020 run (CNN) Electoral Vote Map (Taegan Goddard) Chris Higgins on Twitter
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