Trump and Biden on guns: Far apart on policy and perspective

Matt Pearce 2020-08-19 19:30:55 The candidates change; the divide on guns remains the same. The surprise will be if the contest between Democrat Joe Biden and Republican President Trump unearths much beyond what voters have come to expect from the two major parties on gun policy in recent elections.The Democrats inevitably favor tighter restrictions on gun purchases and ownership, believing...

Trump and Biden on trade: ‘America First’ vs. rallying allies

Don Lee 2020-08-19 18:30:20 International trade was never much of an issue in presidential campaigns until Donald Trump. In 2016, he made trade a key plank in his economic nationalism platform, denouncing America’s biggest free trade pacts and promising a whole new way of doing business with the rest of the world. Trade is a big deal again in the...

Democratic convention showcases older generation

Janet Hook 2020-08-19 15:30:02 When Bill Clinton gave his convention acceptance speech in 1992, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a toddler.Clinton, whose presidency steered the party to the center a generation ago, returned to the convention podium Tuesday night as a gray-haired party elder; Ocasio-Cortez, a rising insurgent pushing the party to the left, got a snippet of speaking time.The two...

DNC: Colin Powell, security leaders back Biden over Trump

Michael Finnegan 2020-08-19 09:40:38 Former Secretary of State Colin Powell led a group of former top national security officials at the Democratic convention Tuesday in denouncing President Trump’s flirtations with despots and casting his challenger, Joe Biden, as a steady leader to protect America from dangers around the world.“With Joe Biden in the White House, you will never doubt that...

Jill Biden likens the nation under Trump to a broken family

Matt Pearce 2020-08-19 09:02:41 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, closed out Tuesday night’s session of the Democratic National Convention by likening America to a home that’s been shattered by loss, like the Bidens’ has been.“How do you make a broken family whole?” Jill Biden said in a video appearance from a classroom in Brandywine High School in Wilmington,...

5 takeaways from night two of the DNC

Melanie Mason 2020-08-19 09:00:30 For four months, Joe Biden has been the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. On Tuesday, that qualifier was dropped as Biden officially was nominated.The milestone, which Biden first sought more than 30 years ago, was marked by a slickly produced evening of virtual convention programming, in which Democrats featured party elders as well as up-and-comers and...

Cindy McCain speaks of John McCain and Joe Biden’s friendship

Arit John 2020-08-19 08:55:24 “They would just sit and joke, it was like a comedy show sometimes to watch the two of them,” Cindy McCain said of her husband’s friendship with Joe Biden. The widow of Sen. John McCain spoke in a video, “An Unlikely Friendship,” that aired during the second night of the Democratic convention. With her appearance at...

Sally Yates blasts Trump in DNC speech

Matt Pearce 2020-08-19 06:52:24 In 2017, President Trump heaved former acting Atty. Gen. Sally Yates out of his administration for defying one of his first orders in office.Now, in 2020, Yates has landed at the Democratic National Convention to make her case against his reelection and to endorse Joe Biden.In Tuesday’s night’s virtual convention, held digitally over coronavirus concerns, Yates...

Democratic convention TV audience falls short of 2016 level

Stephen Battaglio 2020-08-19 00:29:34 MSNBC had the largest prime-time audience on the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, but overall viewing of the party’s virtual gathering on Monday was down significantly from four years ago. Nielsen data showed an average of around 18.7 million viewers watched the speakers featured from 10 to 11:15 p.m. Eastern on the major...

Michelle Obama 2020 DNC speech: Read the full transcript

2020-08-19 00:17:29 Below is the text of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech, delivered Monday, on the first day of the 2020 Democratic National Convention:Good evening, everyone. It’s a hard time, and everyone’s feeling it in different ways. And I know a lot of folks are reluctant to tune into a political convention right now or to politics in...