AP analysis: For Democrats, big government is back

The Democratic Party is in no mood for a coronation. Joe Biden stepped onto the debate stage Thursday as a fragile front-runner and walked away facing new questions about whether he can maintain his standing atop the field. (June 28)

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Why 2020 Democrats Can’t Take the LGBTQ+ Vote for Granted

Beto ran a 5K for the cause, Joe Biden took a turn behind the bar at the Stonewall Inn, Mayor Pete and Elizabeth Warren are selling Pride-themed items in their merch stores. It’s Pride Month, and the 2020 Democratic contenders have been courting LGBTQ voters in a big way. But although most LGBT voters identified as Democrats in 2018, being trans, gay or pansexual does not a Democrat make.

VICE News put together a panel made up of 12 members of the LGBTQ+ community and asked them about their politics — which were extremely diverse — and who they like for 2020.

“I think Donald Trump is really changing the Republican Party by working with the gay and lesbian community,” said Paul Ramirez, a Republican gay man and the vp of advertising at The Wisdom Companies. “If there was a homophobic drop of blood in him, we would have heard that 20 years ago.”

Others decidedly disagreed about Trump’s record on LBGTQ issues, and its effect on the community.

“When the Trump administration, or perhaps just Trump via Twitter, puts out a statement saying that ‘no more trans people are allowed in the military, that’s it we’re cutting you off and anybody in has got to leave.’ That affects the lives of transgender citizens of this country,” said actor Donnie Cianciotto, who identifies as a pansexual transgender man and a Democrat. “It makes us appear ‘less than’ to other people, who now can justify their bigotry and their transphobia, because look at what the government does.”

As for Mayor Pete, the openly gay candidate running for President, his out and proud status wasn’t enough for panelists, on either end of the political spectrum.

“There’s nothing fresh. He’s an Obama sequel,” said Brandon Straka, a Republican gay man and founder of the # WalkAway Campaign, which aims to get left-leaning voters to turn away from the Democratic Party. “The fact that he’s gay — that doesn’t mean he has my back as a trans person,” said LGBTQIA+ educator and activist Jamey Jesperson, who identifies as a progressive queer non-binary asexual transfemme. “It means nothing to me that he is a gay person, because he’s also cis, and he’s also white.”

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Why Do Iowa Democrats Love Joe Biden So Much? (HBO)

Joe Biden arrived in Iowa for his first campaign swing Tuesday. It was a long time coming for Iowa Democrats, who have consistently put him at the top of the early polls.

“Elecatability” is the magic word that fuels a lot of this support. Biden, Iowans say, is best positioned to defeat President Trump and therefore is the safe bet.

Democrats in Iowa are still feeling PTSD over the 2016 election. They thought they would win, they were sure they were. But then Trump pulled off the upset, leaving some to question if anything other than an older white guy with working class white cred can take Democrats back to the White House.

Vice News talked to voters at Biden’s first Iowa campaign stops about why some of them are turning away from the new faces in the Democratic Party diverse field and towards a guy America has known for a long, long time.

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Italian police clash with unemployed ahead of Democratic Party leader meeting

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Footage shows protesters throwing objects towards riot police lined up in front of the theatre, with police forces using batons against them. Clashes erupted outside the Sannazaro theatre, ahead of the arrival of Democratic Party leader Nicola Zingaretti, who was set to open the campaign for the European elections.

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‘Assange’s greatest contribution is to show how CONTROLLED we are’ – Žižek on Manning’s arrest

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to renowned philosopher Slavoj Žižek. He discusses the arrest of Chelsea Manning and the campaign by the US to arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Brexit and whether the UK was right to leave the EU, the battle for the Democratic Party in the United States, the causes of far-right populism and more!

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What The Most Important Voters In The Democratic Base Think Of The 2020 Candidates (HBO)

This week marks the official start of the 2020 cycle. After months of chatter about it, Joe Biden finally announced his run for president. That means the field is, for the most part, set.

And it means that Houston was the only place to be.

On Wednesday, activists and organizers gathered on the campus of Texas Southern University for the first-ever She The People candidates forum — an event aimed specifically at addressing the concerns of women of color.

These women, especially black women, are the most reliable Democratic voters. To win the nomination, you have to win them over. But ironically they feel like their voice isn’t really heard in politics. She The People was meant to change that.

VICE News traveled there to find out what the real Democratic Party base thinks of the dull Democratic Party presidential field.

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Democrats consider Trump impeachment after he sues them for attempt to obtain his financial records

US President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit to block a subpoena issued by the chairman of the US House Oversight Committee, which is seeking information about his personal and business finances.

In a court filing on Monday, Trump Organization lawyers said that the subpoena issued by Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings is ‘invalid and unenforceable’ because it has ‘no legitimate legislative purpose’.

The complaint, filed in Washington DC federal court, said that the Democratic Party had ‘declared all-out political war’ on Trump and that subpoenas ‘are their weapon of choice’.

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‘That’s why Assange has to be CRASHED!’ – Žižek talks media’s animosity towards WIkiLeaks founder

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