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Biden’s blunder and Trump vs. Twitter

Politics | A grab-bag of politics, religion, and other news ahead of the 2020 election
by Jamie Dean
Posted 5/29/20, 10:05 am

Editor’s Note: This weekly feature will publish Fridays during the 2020 election season.

1. Biden and black voters

When an African American radio host told Joe Biden he had more questions near the end of a recent interview, the former vice president replied: “Well, I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out if you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

Biden later said he shouldn’t have been cavalier, but the remark played into a talking point of the Trump campaign: Democrats take black voters for granted. 

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Justin Amash bids adieu

Politics | A grab-bag of politics, religion, and other news ahead of the 2020 election
by Jamie Dean
Posted 5/22/20, 04:47 pm

Editor’s Note: This weekly feature will publish Fridays during the 2020 election season.

1. Amash’s adieu

Less than three weeks after jumping into the presidential race, Rep. Justin Amash (Libertarian-Mich.) jumped back out. Amash was exploring a bid for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination, but the congressman said on May 16 he realized success isn’t likely under the current circumstances. 

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Zooming to the White House?

Elections | As COVID-19 upends the traditional campaign season, candidates go off the trail in a reality-show era fit for a pandemic
by Jamie Dean
Posted 5/21/20, 12:56 pm

If working from a makeshift office in a corner of a bedroom proved taxing for millions of Americans sheltering at home during the coronavirus shutdown, imagine running for president from a basement.

That’s been Joe Biden’s subterranean plight for some eight weeks.

At a campaign event in South Carolina on Feb. 26, dozens of reporters crammed onto aluminum bleachers as Democratic presidential candidates shook hands and greeted local Baptists clustered around folding tables in a church gym.

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