Gavin Newsom, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi get Democratic convention speaking slots

The convention slot is also a major opportunity for Newsom, who was one of only a handful of Democratic governors chosen to speak. Historically, the national conventions have been star-making opportunities for ambitious politicians, and the former San Francisco mayor is thought to have presidential hopes of his own.

More states challenge display of Confederate monuments, symbols

AFL-CIO president says Trump “unveiled his true feelings” in Charlottesville statement  ”A healthy democracy and people within that democracy should be able to say, ‘This is our history.’ And history is made up of actions of human beings, and human beings aren’t perfect,” said Jeffrey F. Addicott, who stressed he was speaking for himself and […]

Democrats Unveil Virtual-Convention Schedule and Unity Theme

At some point on Tuesday, delegates will remotely nominate Biden and his running mate; the latter will share the spotlight Wednesday night with Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Elizabeth Warren. Stars aside, other Wednesday speakers are expected to talk about a Biden administration’s plan for post-pandemic economic recovery. They will include Wisconsin Governor […]

Democrats roll out prime time convention speakers

The Democratic National Convention was originally to take place in Milwaukee, but the coronavirus pandemic prompted the party to revamp the gathering. The Democrats said last week that all invited speakers will appear remotely from their home states, and Biden will deliver his acceptance speech from his home state of Delaware instead of in Milwaukee.

Kamala Harris Is Joe Biden’s Pick For Vice President

To Biden, who will be 78 on Inauguration Day, Harris represents a potential generational successor to his long career in public service. A former vice president himself, he has described himself as a “bridge” to a new era of politicians — like Harris, the 55-year-old daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India. There also has […]

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Clash on Health Care, Busing in Second CNN Debate

The senator later revisited her criticism on Biden’s history of working with segregationist senators. When Jake Tapper asked Harris if Biden was correct in that they hold the same position on federally mandated busing, she responded, “That is simply false.”

NEWSMAKER-How Kamala Harris found the political identity that had eluded her

But Harris’ relationship with the elder Biden was sorely tested last year when in a Democratic debate she battered Biden over his long-ago stance on mandatory busing for public school students. Biden’s wife, Jill, later said she viewed the attack as a “punch in the gut,” while some Biden aides saw it as opportunistic.

How Kamala Harris found the political identity that had eluded her

After a strong start, Harris’ campaign quickly foundered amid strategic somersaults. First positioning herself as a progressive in the mold of reformers such as Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, Harris then tried to tack toward the center. Her position on healthcare, for example, became a mishmash. She dropped out in December, before a single […]

The facts behind Gabbard and Biden’s attack on Kamala Harris’ prosecutor record

The congresswoman from Hawaii was likely pointing to the murder case of Kevin Cooper – who was convicted in 1983 of a quadruple homicide. The death row inmate came close to execution in 2004 when Harris, as attorney general, denied Cooper’s request for newly advanced DNA testing. In February of this year, newly elected California […]

The history of the women nominated for vice president

Following McCain and Palin’s loss, Palin announced in 2009 that she would step down as governor of Alaska. She was the keynote speaker at the first national tea party convention in Nashville in 2010. She became a political commentator on Fox News, and starred in reality TV shows about her and her family. Palin remained […]