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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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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17 min
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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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22 min
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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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18 min
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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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21 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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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19 min
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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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18 min
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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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19 min
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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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19 min
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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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19 min
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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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18 min
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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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20 min
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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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18 min
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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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20 min
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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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20 min
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, and a 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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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21 min
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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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19 min
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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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18 min
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) This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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17 min
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 This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
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17 min
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