Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Back in June, against the usual carping about Iowa and about caucuses, I wrote my quadrennial defense of the Iowa caucuses as an imperfect element of an imperfect nominating system. Usually by this point in the cycle, the complaints have subsided before reaching a crescendo on Caucus Night (February 3) if the results displease people with microphones and bullhorns. But hating on Iowa is sharply evident this week thanks to the vocal unhappiness of candidates who aren’t doing so well there and their considerable resentment of a candidate who is: Pete Buttigieg. The New York Times amplified the latest round of kvetching: Former vice-president Joseph R. Biden Jr. said this week — to an Iowa reporter no less — that the caucuses were not “representative …”And Julián Castro, the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said Iowa was “not reflective of the United … [Read more...] about Buttigieg Bump Leads to Candidates Griping About Iowa Again
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close Video Rep. Katie Hill resigns because of a 'misogynistic culture' Media says she was 'living her best life'; reaction from Fox Nation host Tammy Bruce. Liberal host Cenk Uygur appears to be jumping in the race to fill the vacant congressional seat left behind by Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., following her resignation. Mediaite first noted that a filing named "Cenk for Congress" appeared in a Federal Election Commission database Wednesday, fueling speculation that Uygur will run in California's 25th district, which Hill represented until she stepped down following accusations of multiple inappropriate relationships with subordinates. Hill announced her resignation late last month. Uygur had a simple response to reporters, in a tweet: "no comment." Uygur founded the progressive digital network The Young Turks and previously was an MSNBC host. On Tuesday, Uygur and co-host Ana Kasparian formally endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for … [Read more...] about Liberal host Cenk Uygur files for congressional run in Katie Hill’s former district
Billionaires’ bête noire of the moment. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images Investors said that if Donald Trump became president, financial markets would suffer badly. They were wrong. Now, they’re saying that if Elizabeth Warren becomes president, financial markets will suffer badly. Should we listen? I asked business columnist Josh Barro to help digest their argument — or lack of one. Ben: CNBC reports that some prominent Wall Streeters are sounding the alarm about an Elizabeth Warren presidential win (including Leon Cooperman, who has been saying a lot of things lately). They caution that if Warren emerges victorious next fall, the stock market will plummet — more than temporarily — and all hell will break loose. But these warnings echo ones they issued about President Trump in the 2016. In the end, the market, and much of the corporate world, has reacted warmly to Trump, most of whose economic policies they’re fine with. Would Warren winning … [Read more...] about Would a Warren Win Actually Tank the Market?
Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Hudson River Pa Current Bain Capital employee and former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick is probably going to enter the Democratic Party’s primary race. There is no good reason for him to do so. He is not going to win. The masses do not pine for him. But hubris is a ruthless master, and it is driving Patrick the way it is driving former New York City mayor and current billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Reportedly concerned about a weak Joe Biden and the prospect of higher taxes on his massive fortune, Bloomberg has filed paperwork to enter the primary too. This is, to put it modestly, insane. The clown car is full. It cannot accept any more passengers. Really, it was pushed beyond its capacity some time ago, but John Delaney simply will not get out of the vehicle. In light of these circumstances, it is time to reevaluate the primary field’s barriers to entry. We must raise our standards. Current and former politicians ought to be … [Read more...] about Stop Entering the Democratic Party Primary
Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photos: Scott Heins; Noam Galai/Getty Images On September 23, the United Nations will open its Climate Action Summit here in New York, three days after the Global Climate Strike, led by Greta Thunberg, will sweep through thousands of cities across the globe. To mark the occasion, Intelligencer will be publishing “State of the World,” a series of in-depth interviews with climate leaders from Bill Gates to Naomi Klein and Rhiana Gunn-Wright to William Nordhaus interrogating just how they see the precarious climate future of the planet — and just how hopeful they think we should all be about avoiding catastrophic warming. (Unfortunately, very few are hopeful themselves.) Today, MSNBC will host the first half of its two-day Democratic-primary forum on climate change — a full day of climate programming, followed by a second full day tomorrow. The event is presented by New York magazine, along with Georgetown’s Institute of … [Read more...] about Chris Hayes and Ali Velshi Talk the State of Climate Journalism (and State of the Planet)