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The 37-year-old Tulsi Gabbard is running for President.

Politico reports.Within her party, the three-term congresswoman is viewed as a maverick with a penchant for bucking party orthodoxy. During the 2016 presidential election, Gabbard stepped down from her post as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee so she could endorse Sanders....During the presidential transition period in 2016, the Hawaii Democrat met with then-President-elect Donald Trump, drawing condemnation from fellow Democrats. She also received widespread criticism in 2017 fo...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Iraq, Elizabeth Warren, Syria, Hawaii, Catholic, Biden, Donald Trump, Hinduism, Pacific Ocean, Kuwait, Bashar Al Assad, Sanders, Trans Pacific Partnership, Bashar Assad


"What brought Clinton down was public exposure not to her personality... but extended public scrutiny of every detail of a decades-long career in public life."

"This, in turn, is the exact same problem Biden will inevitably face as a presidential candidate.... And by 2020, there’s simply no reason to do that again. Most of the party’s bench consists of people like Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker, who are young enough not to have participated in the [Iraq] war debate in Congress.... Foreign policy experience theoretically should be a big Biden advantage over his rivals. But in reality, on one of the only foreign policy controversies vote...
Tags: Law, Iraq, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Biden, Sexual Harassment, Kamala Harris, Clinton, Anita Hill, Democratic Party, Matthew Yglesias, Yglesias, Cory Booker, Clarence Thomas, Ann Althouse, 2020 Elections


"I’m a big fan of Sen. Harris, and I work with her. But she’s brand-new here, so it takes a little bit of time to get to know somebody."

Said Dianne Feinstein, endorsing Biden (L.A. Times):“He has the experience, the drive, he was chairman of [the Senate Judiciary Committee] when I came” to the Senate, Feinstein said Thursday. “I worked with him closely on a number of different things. I have a great respect for his integrity as well as his ability. And I think experience is really important at this particular point, where our world is today.”That's a very bland endorsement, based entirely and openly on the length of her personal...
Tags: Law, Senate, Biden, Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, Sen Harris


The NYT looks for the Democratic Party candidate who "matches the moment," tells us what this "moment" is, and nudges the non-moment-matching would-bes to stay out of the way.

"It is hard to recall a recent presidential primary where, at the outset of the race, there was this much genuine mystery — not only about who would eventually emerge as the nominee, but who planned to run at all," write Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns in "2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Lining Up. Who Matches the Moment?" (NYT):Ms. Warren’s announcement Monday was expected. And it will not be a surprise when Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California ente...
Tags: Texas, Law, Obama, California, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, House, Iowa, New Jersey, Warren, Biden, Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders


I've been seeing the simultaneous crushing of the white male triad — Bernie, Beto, Biden — and I get it, but what's with "Why the Bernie Movement Must Crush Beto O’Rourke"?

That's the headline for this Jonathan Chait piece (in NY Magazine). 2 days ago, I was strongly impressed by the NYT article that promoted the Senate Foursome (Harris, Gillibrand, Warren, and Booker) and, on their behalf, gave the BBB triad a shove:For the Senate foursome, moving quickly into the race is also a pre-emptive effort to undercut the early advantages of a duo of universally known contenders, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who may enter...
Tags: Law, Obama, Senate, Socialism, PAC, Nyt, Biden, Names, Vermont, Kennedy, Booker, BETO, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Jonathan Chait, Bernie


The NYT makes its 2020 presidential choice obvious.

On the front page:Inside, the text is clear. There's Kamala Harris and there are 3 other decent choices... and those 3 other guys need to step back and get out of the way:Senator Kamala Harris of California.... Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator... Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey... And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.... These four high-profile Democratic senators are poised to enter the 2020 presidential race in the next several weeks...The speed of the senators’ efforts reflects intense...
Tags: Law, California, Senate, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey, Nyt, Biden, Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont, Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Sanders, Cory Booker


Running interference for Biden.

I am going to unfollow and block anyone that spouts the "age" shit.Ageism is NO different from sexism - or racism, or homophobia.A person is either competent - or they fucking aren't.It has NOTHING to do with their fucking age.Go ask Pelosi - and RBG. — Happy Holidays (@perpetualTJ) December 17, 2018 Ageism is different, by the way, because everyone ages. Race and sex are — if not, as we used to say, immutable — relatively fixed and not on any sort of regular pathway of one-directional change...
Tags: Law, Aging, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Ginsburg, Pelosi, Ann Althouse, Analogies, RBG


I don't think this is good news for Biden.

From "Iowa Poll: Biden, Sanders top early look at possible Democratic hopefuls in 2020 caucuses" (DeMoines Register). The question was: "Do you think the right person to defeat Donald Trump will be more of a political newcomer, as he was, or more of a seasoned political hand?" It's so normal to say a "seasoned hand" would be better and to be wary of a "newcomer," but not even half of the respondents had the obvious reaction to the generic question. And imagine if the question had been written in...
Tags: Law, Senate, Iowa, House Of Representatives, Biden, Donald Trump, BETO, Polls, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, Beto O'Rourke, Biden Sanders


"I am a gaffe machine, but my God, what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can’t tell the truth."

Said Joe Biden, quoted in "Biden on Biden: 'I'm the most qualified person in the country to be president'" (Yahoo News).I'm wondering whether "I am a gaffe machine, but my God, what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can’t tell the truth" is itself a gaffe or whether, more interestingly, it is an untruth. It feels like an old brain teaser: 2 men stood in front of 2 doors. One man is a gaffe machine. The other man is incapable of telling the truth. Behind one door is a happy future for Ameri...
Tags: Law, America, Lying, Biden, Yahoo News, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, Biden gaffes, Said Joe Biden


Because he doesn't own slaves?

"Biden says Trump is 'more like George Wallace than George Washington.'" [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Biden, Trump, George Washington, George Wallace, Ann Althouse, Analogies


"She’s a lion in winter. Not only is she running, she should run."

"In the Democratic Party, the question is can anybody throw a punch or take a punch, and one thing we know about Hillary Clinton is she can take a punch.... I think Trump considers her a real rival, whereas his view of the rest of the field is they’ve got to prove themselves."Said Steve Bannon, quoted in "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Hillary?/She’s not going away—and Democrats aren’t sure what to do about it" (Politico).Also quoted at Politico — Philippe Reines: It’s curious why Hillary Clint...
Tags: Law, Politico, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Biden, Donald Trump, Hillary, Philippe Reines, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Nixon, Democratic Party, Solomon, Katharine Hepburn, Ann Althouse, Steve Bannon


2020 Presidential Election Betting Odds.

Via GetMoreSports (with a lot about Mark Cuban at the link):Donald Trump 3-2Kamala Harris 8-1Elizabeth Warren 10-1Joe Biden 12-1Bernie Sanders 12-1Mike Pence 16-1Michelle Obama 20-1Cory Booker 25-1Kirsten Gillibrand 25-1Beto O’Rourke 30-1Mark Cuban 50-1Oprah Winfrey 50-1Eric Holder 50-1Julian Castro 50-1Bob Iger 50-1Andrew Cuomo 50-1Sherrod Brown 50-1Deval Patrick 50-1Gavin Newsom 50-1Dwayne Johnson 60-1Jamie Dimon 60-1Hillary Clinton 60-1Michael Bloomberg 60-1Howard Schultz 60-1Amy Klobuchar 60...
Tags: Cook, Law, Obama, Bloomberg, Mark Cuban, Johnson, Biden, Donald Trump, Ellison, Castro, Clinton, Cuomo, Gore, Fiorina, Rubio, PAUL


‘True American Hero:’ Washington says goodbye to John McCain

By LAURIE KELLMAN and MATTHEW DALY The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Americans lined up for blocks outside the U.S. Capitol Thursday to say goodbye to John McCain as officials, relatives and friends paid their tributes inside to the Vietnam hero and longtime senator lying in state under the majestic dome. Earlier, Vice President Mike Pence, lawmakers and guests paid tribute at an emotional ceremony surrounding McCain’s casket in the vast rotunda. Meghan McCain cries at the casket of her fath...
Tags: News, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Navy, Washington, Funeral, Senate, White House, Defense, Uncategorized, America, Barack Obama, Sport, Joe Biden, Ap, Soccer


Book Review: Desperate Girls

The following review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews and author interviews by clicking on the Books category link in the right side bar. Desperate Girls by Laura Griffin is a captivating novel, combining a suspenseful murder mystery, police procedural, with a touch of romance. She has the unique ability to write compelling plots that highlight caring and realistic characters. Griffin was able to pull off making a defense attorney ...
Tags: Military, Marines, Secret Service, Biden, Corby, Griffin, Ross, Sparks, Eric, Brynn, Elise Cooper, Laura Griffin, Brynn She, Brynn Holloran, James Corby, Jen Ballard


In "Warren is Preparing for 2020. So Are Biden, Booker, Harris and Sanders," the NYT seems bent on boosting optimism for Democrats.

But it's a ghastly failure:Ms. Warren, 69, now leads a small advance guard of Democrats who appear to be moving deliberately toward challenging President Trump. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., wielding a political network cultivated over decades, has been reasserting himself as a party leader, while Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California have emerged as fresher-faced messengers for the midterms. And Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the runner-up in the 20...
Tags: Law, California, Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey, Warren, Biden, Vermont, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Sanders, Democratic Party, Cory Booker, Ann Althouse, Joseph R Biden Jr, Democratic Party in Trumpland


Biden confronted about groping women.

A question for Joe Biden, from @PGHowie2pic.twitter.com/5OlB5XhYZw— Mike (@Fuctupmind) June 11, 2018 At a book tour event in Wilmington, Delaware, someone in the audience asks, "What about the girls you molested on C-SPAN at the Senate swearing-in?" Biden's answer: "This is not Trump world" (whatever that means). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Senate, Joe Biden, Biden, Sexual Harassment, Trump, Wilmington Delaware, Ann Althouse


Trump responds to Joe Biden's threatening to beat him up.

Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018 We talked about Biden's threat here, yesterday. (You can read Biden's quote there.) This Trump vs. Biden fight/"fight" is... Hilarious (in the way Trump has prevailed)....
Tags: Law, America, Joe Biden, Biden, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump's Access Hollywood remarks, Joe Donald J Trump


"Biden’s biggest worry is that Trump, for all his bluster, could be a global bystander, unwilling to engage a messy world with anything more than chest-thumping."

"'The question I get everywhere is: ‘Is American leadership going to continue?'" he told me on Air Force Two. If Trump 'just stays behind the lines — hands off — it could be very ugly. Very, very ugly.'"That's from a NYT piece — "Joe Biden: 'I Wish to Hell I’d Just Kept Saying the Exact Same Thing'..." — which I blogged exactly one year ago.I'm running across that today because Joe Biden is in teh news, as you might have noticed: "Biden says he would have 'beat the hell out' of Trump in high sch...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Air Force, Biden, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump derangement syndrome


Thursday round-up

At Constitution Daily, Lyle Denniston reports that the Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to add a third partisan-gerrymandering case to this term’s docket, declining “to put on a fast track a case testing the constitutionality of a North Carolina congressional districting map that led in 2016 to victory for 10 Republicans and only three Democrats, despite only a slight GOP edge in voting totals statewide.” At Governing, Anne Blythe covers the Supreme Court’s partial grant on Tuesday of a request ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Microsoft, Law, Congress, Washington, White House, Court, Gop, Liberty, Citizens United, Espn, Biden, North Carolina, Illinois, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, General Assembly


"After Clinton’s fainting spell, some Democratic insiders were abuzz with talk of replacing her — and Brazile says she was giving it considerable thought."

"The morning of Sept. 12, Brazile got a call from Biden’s chief of staff saying the vice president wanted to speak with her. She recalls thinking, 'Gee, I wonder what he wanted to talk to me about?' Jeff Weaver, campaign manager for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), called, too, to set up a call with his boss, and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley sent her an email. Brazile also was paid a surprise visit in her DNC office by [senior Clinton campaign official Charlie] Baker, who, she writes, wa...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Dnc, Biden, Donald Trump, Hillary, Clinton, Martin O'malley, 2016 Campaign, Democratic Party, Donna, Sen Bernie Sanders I VT, Brazile, Jeff Weaver, Donna Brazile, Ann Althouse


"I've been in a lot of locker rooms. I don't know where in locker rooms where it is acceptable to talk about, 'Man, I was out this weekend and boy, I got a piece of her, and I did this and I did that.'"

"The guys who usually say that are usually the ugliest sons of bi— guns in the room. Here's the deal guys, you gotta speak up. You cannot let that kind of talk be bred on a college campus.... When you see something, if you're a fraternity brother and you see a young freshman co-ed in the second week dead drunk, and him walking her up the stairs, you gotta go up to him and say, 'Hey, not in my house, Jack. Not in my house.' Because if you don't, you are an accomplice. You know what's about to hap...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Looks, Rape, Biden, Ann Althouse, Jack Not


Democratic shit talk.

I was fascinated by the news that "Sh*t talking is Democrats' new strategy" and blogged it yesterday in "DNC Chairman Tom Perez routinely uses the word 'shit' in speeches." So I decided to search for "shit" in the book I'm reading "Shattered/Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign."Here's what I found. I've left out occurrences of "bullshit," because that word is more normalized (why is an interesting question that Meade and I just had a long conversation about). I've left in the somewhat oddba...
Tags: Law, Putin, Dnc, Hillary Clinton, Iowa, Bill Clinton, Michigan, Bill, Fifth Avenue, Biden, Donald Trump, Hillary, Bernie Sanders, Clinton, Trump, Sanders


"Biden’s biggest worry is that Trump, for all his bluster, could be a global bystander, unwilling to engage a messy world with anything more than chest-thumping."

"'The question I get everywhere is: ‘Is American leadership going to continue?'" he told me on Air Force Two. If Trump 'just stays behind the lines — hands off — it could be very ugly. Very, very ugly.'"Writes Jonathan Alter in "Joe Biden: 'I Wish to Hell I’d Just Kept Saying the Exact Same Thing' The vice president looks back — and forward" — a NYT article that sounds really dull but is worth clicking through for the excellent photograph.The photograph is by Erik Madigan Heck. You can see a lot...
Tags: Photography, Law, Joe Biden, Blogging, Biden, Trump, Madison Wisconsin, Jonathan Alter, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Althouse, Ugliness, Air Force Two If Trump, Erik Madigan


"Kathleen Biden accused estranged husband Hunter of reckless spending on 'drugs, prostitutes, and an $80,000 diamond' in divorce docs..."

"...days before his affair with widowed sister-in-law Hallie was revealed," The Daily Mail reports.Kathleen goes on to explain in her Plantiff's Motion to Enjoin Dissipation of Assets that her estranged husband has been the 'sole source of funds to support the family throughout the entirety of the parties' marriage.'She claims that Hunter's office had been sending her a monthly transfer of approximately $17,000 for herself and their three daughters - Naomi, Finnegan and Maisy - but that this amo...
Tags: Law, Divorce, Daily Mail, Biden, Hunter, Don, Hallie, Kathleen, Maisy, Ann Althouse, Kathleen Biden, Hunter Biden, Naomi Finnegan


It's not wrong — is it? — for a widow to form a new love relationship with her dead husband's brother.

The headline "Beau Biden’s widow having affair with his married brother" in The Daily News seems unnecessarily mean. Hallie was devastated when her husband, Beau, died after suffering from brain cancer in May 2015. But she has since struck up a romance with Beau’s brother Hunter, 47, who has separated from his wife, Kathleen. We’re told Hallie and Hunter are now officially a couple.That's rather opaque on the subject of whether the relationship broke up the marriage, but if you put that aside, i...
Tags: Marriage, Law, Biden, Daily News, Hunter, Beau, Beau Biden, Hallie, Kathleen, Ann Althouse


Obama Surprising Biden With the Medal of Freedom Has Turned Into EPIC Memes

Who knows when we'll have another Obama/Biden meme opportunity? Enjoy 'em while you still can!
Tags: Politics, Internet, Obama, Funny, Life, Society, Gallery, Biden, Trending, Intriguing, Obama Biden


Obama Surprised Biden With Medal of Freedom and His Reaction Was INCREDIBLE

Biden's surprised reaction is truly one for the ages. They'll always have the White House...
Tags: Politics, Internet, Obama, Funny, Life, Society, Gallery, Biden, Trending, Intriguing


"It is over."

Said Joe Biden.It happened today: The victory of Donald Trump in the Electoral College was certified in a joint session of Congress.  Freshman Democratic Reps. Jamie Raskin (Md.) and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) also tried to raise objections, but Biden cut them off. Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) attempted to voice protests as well. As Jayapal tried to make her case, Biden cut in: "There is no debate, and if it's not s...
Tags: Texas, Law, Congress, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Electoral College, Ann Althouse, Raul Grijalva D Ariz, Jayapal


Why Jeffrey Toobin is wrong about "How to Stop a Trump Supreme Court Nominee."

Toobin purports to know the trick: acting fast. He extracts that special secret from the story of how the Supreme Court defeated Robert Bork in 1987. As soon as President Reagan announced his pick, Teddy Kennedy scampered up to the Senate podium and delivered a diatribe:“Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, school children could not ...
Tags: Twitter, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Senate, Court, America, Reagan, Joe Biden, Blogging, Mitch McConnell, Biden, Kennedy, Trump, 1980s, Democratic


11 thoughts about The Rockettes performing at the Trump inauguration.

1. I have trouble picturing The Rockettes performing at any presidential inauguration. How could lined-up, leggy females be kicking for a new President? How is that the proper tone for the occasion?2. But I know The Rockettes have performed for an inauguration in the past. I hadn't noticed, so maybe it was off to the side somewhere and hardly mattered.3. Or maybe there weren't enough bloggers back in 2001. There were no tweeters. Perhaps it should have been mocked and trashed, but new media had ...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Metaphor, Dancing, Feminism, Marie Claire, Lincoln, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Bush, Patriotism, Abraham Lincoln, Abe, Rockettes, Ann Althouse



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