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            by William Burns  When Al Sharpton demanded, three years ago, that the funding for the Jefferson Memorial’s upkeep be cut off, people laughed. But they’re not laughing now. Actually, they’re still laughing, but now it’s more of a nervous chuckle in dismal expectation of what’s to come. First it was Robert E. Lee, then it was Christopher Columbus, and now it’s old TJ himself. The frenzy to purge, legally or illegally, every last vestige of America’s past...
    I always enjoy Meteor Blades’ post about July 4, which highlights Frederick Douglass iconic speech, The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro, delivered in Rochester, New York, in 1852. The speech described the alienation enslaved people and African Americans in general felt from July 4, and also from America more broadly. Although the most often-quoted section discusses that sense of alienation, it is also important to remember Douglass conclusion to the speech: Allow me to say, in conclusion, notwithstanding...
    A former top adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) is accusing Joe Biden’s campaign of ignoring credible progressive candidates in its search for a vice presidential nominee. Nina Turner, a onetime Ohio state senator who co-chaired Sanders’ failed 2020 campaign, told Hill.TV’s Rising on Thursday that the current makeup of Biden’s running mate shortlist signaled he was not serious about uniting progressive behind his candidacy. “If you are a progressive, you need not apply, that’s just the bottom line here,” Turner...
    The emergence of a bipartisan consensus following weeks of protests about racial injustice — that police departments need either complete overhauls or major reforms — is a big moment years in the making for the progressive movement. Many Republican conservatives who once reflexively called the killing of unarmed Blacks “isolated acts” are now suddenly backing law enforcement reforms in reaction to a never-ending series of cellphone videos showing callous or deadly police misconduct — as well as fresh examples of...
    Strong showings by several left-leaning underdog Democratic candidates in Tuesday’s primaries reveal the ascendancy of the progressive movement within the party and pose risks to Democratic chances to win general election races in November. In a year shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide protests against police brutality, a number of progressive Democrats – many backed by the “Squad” of freshmen House members led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York (who handedly won her own primary) – pulled out...
    In February and March primary elections, a cabal of backroom political geniuses rushed out a coordinated campaign, screeching that impending doom would await the Democratic Party if it were to actually run on democratic ideas like Medicare for All, paid sick leave, universal basic income and expanded unemployment aid. Too bold, they wailed, too socialistic-y-sounding … too scary! Clueless billionaire Mike Bloomberg actually hurled the “communism” smear at Sen. Bernie Sanders’ policy ideas. Better to go slow with Joe, they warbled,...
    (CNN)Progressive Democrats are poised to claim a series of historic successes in congressional races decided during nationwide uprising over racial injustice and inequality.The unexpected revival was keyed by Black candidates in New York, Virginia and Kentucky, who are either leading their contests or running remarkably close in challenges they were almost uniformly expected to lose from the beginning.Those performances have not only reanimated a leftist insurgency that seemed to be waning as former Vice President Joe Biden became the presumptive...
    The progressive wing of the Democratic Party flexed its muscle in Tuesdays House primaries in New York, Virginia and Kentucky with at least one insurgent candidate in a strong position to pull off an upset against longtime incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat.[ READ: Joe Biden Gains Ground Over Trump in Electoral College Outlook ]Progressives have had only mild success in unseating incumbents over the past few cycles and in making gains in Congress that can help shape the legislative...
    Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe. We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail.    LEADING THE DAY:  Progressives are feeling pretty good right now after elections in New York and Kentucky put some of their fast-rising stars in position to score huge upsets against...
    A number of black progressives are calling for Joe Biden to pick Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., as his running mate. “Among the serious contenders, I do feel like she is the best option,” Jorden Giger, a Black Lives Matter organizer in South Bend, Ind., told The Hill. “She has a plan for a lot of things that matter, and she seems to be ready to go on Day One given her breadth of experience.” A CBS News survey released before...
    Jamaal Bowman On Wednesday morning, educator Jamaal Bowman declared victory over longtime Rep. Eliot Engel in the Democratic primary for New York’s 16th Congressional District, asserting that his advantage “would be nearly impossible” for Engel to overcome when absentee ballots are counted next week. With 36,000 votes tallied, Bowman held a wide 61-36 lead, though because of a coronavirus-fueled surge in mail voting, many votes remain to be counted. Engel has not conceded. Meanwhile, in two neighboring districts, candidates backed...
    Progressives are riding high after Tuesday’s primary elections in New York and Kentucky have some of the left’s rising stars in position to potentially pull off upsets against candidates backed by Washington Democrats. The primary races in many instances have not been called yet, with hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots still needing to be counted. However, progressive Jamaal Bowman (N.Y.) has House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelBowman holds double-digit lead over Engel in NY primary Ocasio-Cortez...
    **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.**On the roster: Progressives face high stakes in Tuesday primaries - Dems demand talks on GOP police bill - Trump’s need, not want, for an Arizona victory - Fauci ‘cautiously optimistic’ for vaccine by late 2020, early 2021 - Darn kidsPROGRESSIVES FACE HIGH STAKES IN TUESDAY PRIMARIESFox News: “The progressive wing of the Democratic Party hasn’t had much to celebrate at the ballot box since populist Sen. Bernie Sanders...
    New York congressional candidate Jamaal Bowman Were in for another eventful night on Tuesday with primaries and runoffs taking place in six states across the nation. However, with the coronavirus pandemic fueling a surge in mail voting, election watchers everywhere should expect that we might not learn the results in every race until many days later. The pandemic has also altered the election in another important way: Four of the states on Tuesdays docket postponed races that were set for earlier...
    Eliot Engel faces the toughest primary of his 31-year career in Congress on Tuesday as progressive Democrats seek another upset in New York just two years after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned the political world by defeating an entrenched, high-ranking incumbent.[ READ: Progressive Democrats Fight to Expand Influence With Tuesday Primaries ]The House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman is seeking to fend off an insurgent challenge from Jamaal Bowman, the latest candidate seeking to topple a longtime Democratic lawmaker but the first one to do...
    Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe. We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail.    LEADING THE DAY:  Progressives are anticipating a series of primary wins on Tuesday, seeing opportunities to take out two establishment-backed candidates in Kentucky and New York.  Jamaal Bowman, a former...
    Green Party presumptive nominee Howie Hawkins says even progressive Democrats such as Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Sen. Kaufman to run Biden transition team Overnight Defense: Navy wont reinstate fired captain | Dems probe use of federal officers in DC | Air Force appoints woman as top noncommissioned officer Jamaal Bowman raises M, launches 0,000 ad buy ahead of New York primary MORE (I-Vt.) have watered down policies espoused by his party and predicts former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump mocked...
    The latest manifestation of Pennsylvania’s political culture-gap, with its stark split between progressive cities and conservative small-town and rural areas, is a proposal to severely restrict the field in top prosecutor elections to candidates who are already law enforcement veterans. State Representative Martina White, the Republican who is leading the proposal, was elected by the richer, whiter corridor of Northeast Philadelphia as a right-wing populist. She’s often compared to Trump, but her words, and preference for an anti-immigrant police state, also recall far-right European politicians...
    It’s progressives versus moderates in the race to be the Democratic candidate for New York’s 16th Congressional district — and both sides are pulling out all the stops. In the moderate corner is 16-term incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), who is facing the primary challenge of his career despite the endorsements of establishment figures like Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. On the progressive side is Jamaal Bowman, a 43-year-old former middle school principal with the backing of heavyweights...
    Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden could be facing a progressive reckoning. More than 50 left-leaning organizations signed a letter to the former vice president criticizing his policing proposals, cautioning that he risked losing black support ahead of the November election if he did not alter his platform. The letter, first reported by the New York Times, called on Biden to embrace a more progressive agenda in an effort to undo what they describe as damage caused by his Senate history....
    From the left: Progressives Politicize COVID-19 Nationwide protests, Thomas Chatterton Williams frets at The Guardian, are “inevitably increasing the chances” of further coronavirus contagion. Yet journalists and experts who two weeks ago “shamed people” for “insufficient social distancing” now shame people for not gathering in protest. That “whiplash-inducing messaging” mocks the “many millions” who “put their lives on hold” during the pandemic — and proves elites have “hemorrhaged credibility and authority” by “politicizing science.” When they urge “skeptical masses to...
    Nothing but talk Minneapolis has been controlled entirely by liberal progressives for 40 years, yet inequality and racism have not been reduced and the small number of bad police officers are not dealt with. The Minneapolis school system graduation rates for minorities is among the worst in the nation while funding is at record levels. Gov. Walz’s response to the pandemic has resulted in Minnesota leading the nation with nursing home deaths accounting for over 80 percent of total...
    Key Democrat legislators, including socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, are pushing back on calls to “defund the police,” Politico reports Tuesday, even as progressives are pushing forward with the plan in cities like Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Los Angeles, California. In a New Yorker profile published Tuesday, Sanders, whose campaign platform included calls for massive social and political change, said he opposes defunding and disbanding police departments, and is, instead, committed to “transforming” most...
    As protests erupted across the country after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a dozen progressive Democratic House members filed a resolution May 29 condemning police brutality not only in the case of Floyd but also in the case of Breonna Taylor, the black 26-year-old Louisville EMT who was gunned down in her own home by cops on a misbegotten no-knock drug raid in March. Those House members leading the resolution are Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA), Barbara...
    In 1974, a great movie called “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” featured the hijacking of a subway car. The crooks demand a million-dollar ransom from New York City. “Goddamit,” yells the mayor, “this city doesn’t have a million dollars!” No one-liner was ever so prophetic. The following year, in mid-October 1975, New York City owed its creditors a payment of $453 million — and had exactly $34 million on hand the day before the bill came due. Yes,...