Bernie Sanders surges in Democratic field after shrugging off health scare

The Vermont senator raised more than any Democrat in the last quarter capping a stunning bounceback from a heart attack Shortly after Bernie Sanders announced early this month that his campaign raised a showstopping $34.5m the highest sum of any 2020 Democrat during any single quarter so far in this primary #PresidentSanders was trending on Twitter. It was an extraordinary reversal of fortunes for a presidential candidate who, three months earlier, was in a Las Vegas hospital recovering from a heart attack. At the time, Sanders was under immense political pressure, eclipsed by fellow progressive Elizabeth Warren and counted out by many in the party and by the president. The episode might have derailed Sanders second quest for the White …

Democrats pick over Labour loss in UK as Biden warns of moving ‘so far’ left

Frontrunner Biden says Labour disaster shows Democrats should avoid selecting leftwing nominee but others disagree Labours crushing defeat in the British general election ignited instant debate among Democrats in the US, with 2020 election frontrunner Joe Biden framing it as a warning to the party against moving too far left. While the Conservative prime minister, Boris Johnson, is often compared to Donald Trump, some also see parallels between the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, a 70-year-old socialist, and left-wing senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, aged 78 and 70 respectively. Speaking at a campaign fundraiser in San Francisco, Biden, the former vice-president, said: Look what happens when the Labour party moves so, so far to the left. It comes up with …

Elizabeth Warren rips into billionaires who oppose wealth tax in scathing ad

Democrat targets Leon Cooperman, Joe Ricketts, Lloyd Blankfein and Peter Thiel in ad to be broadcast on US TV this week Elizabeth Warren has stepped up her attack on the billionaires opposing her proposals for a new wealth tax by launching a scathing new ad that targets four of Americas richest men by name. In thesettled with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2017 in fees over insider trading violations and recently a parent chiding an ungrateful child, is not the only billionaire hitting back at Warrens proposal to pay for universal health insurance by imposing a 2% tax on net worth between $50m and $1bn and a super-tax of 3 cents on every dollar of wealth over $1bn. Cooperman …

The American left’s 2020 mission: defeat Trump and change the world

For many on the left, getting rid of Trump is insufficient. Victory must be accompanied by fundamental political change In some ways, it feels like the left in America has been here before. Shortly before the 2004 election, previously inactive liberals were being energized into the electoral process to prevent George W Bushs re-election, which they believed would fundamentally undermine American democratic norms. In Derry, New Hampshire, drove over 2,000 miles from Kerrys home in Boston to Bushs former home in Midland, Texas, and met a lot of people like Pam and Patrick, who were drawn into the process for the first time. But I never met a single person who was enthusiastic about John Kerry. They just wanted to …