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The 10 Presidential Candidates Who Support Busing

The 10 Presidential Candidates Who Support BusingIn the two weeks since Senator Kamala Harris of California delivered a pointed attack on former Vice President Joe Biden over his past criticism of federally mandated school busing, it’s become clear that the two Democratic candidates don’t differ all that much in their views: They both support voluntary busing, but seem hesitant to endorse it as a federal mandate.But at least 10 2020 Democratic candidates do support federally mandated busing as a means of desegregating America’s schools. “If localities are not taking action to desegregate schools, Elizabeth believes the federal government has a constitutional obligation to step in to deliver on the promise of Brown v. Board, including, if necessary, busing,” a spokesperson for Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts told us. Sabrina Singh, a spokesperson for Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, echoed the sentiment. “At a time of increasing segregation of schools,…

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Lineups are for next 2020 Democratic debates

Lineups are for next 2020 Democratic debatesLineups are set for the next Democratic presidential debates, which will be split up over two nights. The first night will pit Senator Bernie Sanders against Senator Elizabeth Warren, the first time the two will be on the debate stage together. Harris and Biden will go up against each other on the second night. CBSN political contributor and Washington Post reporter Sean Sullivan breaks down the Democratic battle. ….. Read More.CBS NEWS – Latest | U.S. and World NewsFri, July 19, 201923 hours ago

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Bernie Sanders’s Expansive Student-Debt-Cancellation Plan

Bernie Sanders’s Expansive Student-Debt-Cancellation PlanDemocratic presidential hopefuls are full of ideas about what to do with the nation’s $1.6 trillion of student debt. Today, Senator Bernie Sanders announced the most expansive proposal of those the candidates have suggested thus far. Sanders, along with Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Pramila Jayapal of Washington, introduced new legislation to cancel all student debt—yes, all student debt—and make public colleges debt-free.The thing that most sets their proposal apart from others that have come before it is that it includes no income or other restrictions, meaning even doctors and lawyers, who tend to carry a lot of debt but also tend to be well paid, would be eligible. When asked at a press conference this morning why his proposal would extend to such top-earners, Sanders responded, “I believe in universality and that means if Donald Trump wants to send his kids to a public…

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You don’t get frothing crowds chanting “send her back” without Fox News

You don’t get frothing crowds chanting “send her back” without Fox NewsMelissa Joskow / Media Matters The video is difficult to watch, but it’s impossible to fully capture in words. As President Donald Trump lashed out at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at a rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night, the crowd took up a new chant. Beginning with a handful of attendees, it crescendoed as the president paused and gave space, until the nativist call echoed through the arena: “Send her back!” Crowd at tonight’s Trump rally in North Carolina breaks out into chants of “Send her back!” as the president attacks Rep. Ilhan Omar — Jon Passantino (@passantino) July 17, 2019 Commentators will debate the factors that created the bitter brew that led here, to public cries at a presidential rally for the banishment of a U.S. citizen who came to this country as a child refugee…

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Why Can’t the Media Admit the Democratic Party Has a Right Wing?

Why Can’t the Media Admit the Democratic Party Has a Right Wing?The 2020 presidential candidacy race is in full (absurdly early) swing, and there is a clear and obvious internal battle currently raging for the soul of the Democratic Party. One faction is attempting to pull the party in a more populist, social-democratic direction, while another favors maintaining a neoliberal, pro-business course. We all know the most prominent members of the first group: The likes of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and freshmen representatives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley are constantly referred to (accurately) as representing the left of the party (e.g., New York Post, 7/9/19; New York Times, 4/10/19; New Yorker, 6/18/19), but also as a cabal of “extremist” (Atlantic, 4/3/19; The Hill, 6/17/19), “far-left” revolutionaries (CNN, 7/7/19; CNBC, 7/5/19)  who have “contempt” for Americans (Fox News, 7/11/19). Given the broad overlap of their political positions with those of the public at large (, 1/23/19), those labels, popular as they…

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The White Suburbs That Fought Busing Aren’t So White Anymore

The White Suburbs That Fought Busing Aren’t So White AnymoreOne can see why Joe Biden wasn’t too worried about the busing issue. Sure, he had teamed up with segregationists in 1975 to cut the legs out from under federally mandated integration busing. Sure, he’d even called busing a “domestic Vietnam.” But for decades, that choice was shielded by a durable political consensus: Busing was and always would be a political disaster, beyond any hope of resurrection, and toxic to even talk about.So when Kamala Harris used the first Democratic presidential debate to skewer the former vice president over his civil-rights record, Biden seemed floored. He found himself face-to-face with something politicos had thought extinct: a busing defender. More than that, a busing beneficiary. It was as if the arc of history, after decades of slowly bending toward justice, had opted to land directly on Joe Biden’s head.Few could deny that…

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