Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images Here is a science-fiction scenario: Imagine a strange new virus that incapacitates everybody below the age of 75. The virus wipes out the entire political leadership, except one old man, who has survived on account of his age, but may also be too old to handle the awesome task before him. Now suppose — and I am not certain this is the case, but just suppose — that this is happening to the Democratic presidential campaign. The virus is Twitter, and the old man is (duh) Joe Biden. In the aftermath of the 2016 elections, an exotic political theory promoted by the party’s most left-wing flank suddenly gained wide circulation. The appeal of Bernie Sanders proved Democrats were ready to embrace socialism, or at least something close to it; and Donald Trump’s election proved a nominee with extreme positions could still win. These two conclusions, in combination, suggested the party would move as far left as activists preferred at no … [Read more...] about What If the Only Democrat Who Isn’t Too Radical to Win Is Too Old?
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Welcoming a baby into your household is expensive, generally speaking, but in some parts of the country the costs can be really eye-popping, according to the real estate brokerage Redfin. You need not only a good pediatrician but also a good cushion of savings to fall back on. A newborn's first year will cost anywhere from around $16,000 to more than double that, depending on where you live, says Redfin, which compared 79 metro areas for baby-related expenses, including what it costs to upgrade to a bigger home with a bigger mortgage. See what parents in Naperville are likely to spend on the way to putting a birthday cake in front of a 1-year-old (with wet naps at the ready). Bringing up baby in Naperville Some of the least expensive places to raise an infant are Southern cities, while major cities in the Northeast and California metro areas are the priciest. Here's what the study finds about baby's first year in Naperville: The total cost is an average of $23,984 when the household … [Read more...] about Here’s What it Costs to Raise a Newborn in Naperville
Well, America, we’ve done it. We’ve nearly made it to the latest milestone in this interminable presidential contest: the November Democratic primary debate in Atlanta. By now, we pretty much know the drill: Contenders will be arrayed on a primary-color-saturated stage, eager to wow the audience with their policy know-how, personal charm and pre-cooked zingers.On Wednesday night, they’ll be at it again. MSNBC and the Washington Post are hosting the fifth debate, which will feature 10 candidates. For the front-runners — including an ascendant Pete Buttigieg — it’s a chance to firm up their standing. For the also-rans, another chance to break out. (Or, in the case of Kamala Harris, to regain her old top-tier status.) Advertisement The event will be mercifully shorter than previous marathons, which clocked in at more than three hours. This session is scheduled to last just two hours.You can catch the action starting at 6 p.m. Pacific time on MSNBC or … [Read more...] about What you need to know about the next Democratic presidential debate
Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images During one of her biggest campaign rallies to date, Senator Elizabeth Warren taught her supporters a history lesson. At the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, not far from where they stood in Washington Square Park, 146 women and girls once perished in a fire. It was not an act of God, Warren explained, but a preventable tragedy. Oily factory floors fed the flames and the women had no way to escape. The factory owners had locked the door to prevent the workers from stealing cloth. Some climbed out the windows, looking for a faster exit. “A woman jumped, and then another, and then another. They hit the ground with a sickening thud,” Warren said. “Bodies piled up. Blood ran into the gutter. Dozens more were trapped inside.” It is a pivotal moment in American labor history, if not the usual stuff of a campaign stump speech. For Warren, though, it was a springboard, a way to introduce the anti-corruption platform … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Warren Makes Her Bid for History
Democrat Andy Beshear. Photo: John Sommers II/Getty Images In the marquee event of the off-year election cycle, Kentucky Democrat Andy Beshear won the gubernatorial race over Republican incumbent Matt Bevin. With all precincts reporting, Beshear won with a slim 49.2 to 48.9 percent lead, a difference of less than 5,000 votes. Bevin, whom New York’s Ed Kilgore called “one of those pols with an unattractive personality and unpopular policies,” faced an unusually close contest for a Republican in a state that Trump won last cycle by almost 30 points. Prior to election night, polling on Bevin showed approval/disapproval ratings as low as 34/53, due in part to his Medicaid plan, which would have raised costs and reduced benefits, and his decision to cut public-sector pensions, which helped lead to teacher strikes. Beshear, meanwhile, enjoyed strong name recognition as the state attorney general and the son of the state’s last Democratic governor. At his … [Read more...] about Democrats Win in Kentucky and Virginia, and More Results From the 2019 Election