Campaign Commences #80

Deepnews Digest #80

Campaign Commences

Editor: Christopher Brennan
It has been a few months since has directed its technology to look at quality articles on the US presidential election. For this Digest we dipped back in for the news of the week, a major one that sets the Trump and Biden campaigns up for the next three months. There is a lot of fluff out there, though with the Deepnews Scoring Model we gathered together in-depth articles on the big news of Kamala Harris as the Democratic VP candidate, what is going on with the Post Office and more.
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What California knows about Kamala Harris

More than any other vice presidential contender in a generation, Kamala Harris’ biography is singularly Californian.

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Financial Times ($)

Inside Joe Biden’s race of a lifetime

It was late afternoon on February 2, the eve of the Iowa caucuses. We were jammed into a high-school gymnasium in Des Moines, the state capital, for Joe Biden’s closing rally. No one thought he would win the primary season’s talismanic opening contest the following day. Nor was he expected to come close to beating Bernie Sanders, the socialist Vermonter, in New Hampshire the next week. Though he was still ahead in the national polls, the 77-year-old former vice-president was treated as yesterday’s news.

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Responsible Statecraft

What Kamala Harris would mean for a Biden administration’s foreign policy

The daily talking points sent out by the Democratic National Committee the day after Vice President Joe Biden’s historic choice of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate did not say a word about national security or foreign policy. Nor was this a topic in most of the commentary surrounding the pick, nor in their joint appearance in Delaware on Wednesday.

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Editor’s Note:

While much of the discussion about Kamala Harris has focused on how she impacts the vote in November, her place on the ticket also has led to questions about what a Biden administration would look like. Here Joe Cirincione looks at her record on foreign affairs. – Christopher Brennan, Editor

The Independent (UK)

Trump insiders say Kamala Harris is his worst nightmare – but they have a warning for Democrats

Those who know Trump – and the Republican Party at large – are wary that he will not be able to control his prejudices. But know that a rough first response to Harris will not last

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Pew Research

Voters Highly Engaged, but Nearly Half Expect Difficulties Voting in 2020 Election

Here are the questions used for the report, along with responses, and its methodology.

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The Atlantic

‘I Wouldn’t Wish That Job on My Worst Enemy’

Why having a woman vice-presidential candidate is historic — and painful for young feminists

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Brookings Institution

This is not your grandfather’s vice presidency

The selection of Senator Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate has made history. The obvious reason is that she is the first woman of color to be chosen to run on a national ticket. Even as recently as a generation or two ago, that was unimaginable. The less obvious reason is that her choice confirms a remarkable transformation in the vice presidency. If she and Biden are elected, Harris, like the four vice presidents who preceded her, stands to become a player of consequence in a Biden administration — a first among equals. What Harris’s portfolio will be remains to be seen. I suspect that in the first year of a Biden administration Biden himself will have to spend a lot of time repairing our broken relationships in the world — especially with our allies — an international role he spent a career preparing for. But simultaneously he will also have to pursue an extensive domestic program to deal with racial justice and economic inequality, not to mention fixing a broken immigration system — a set of issues Harris has spent a career fighting for.

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USA Today

What’s going on with the post office? Here’s what we know

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump offered conflicting statements Thursday about whether he opposes supplementary funding for the U.S. Postal Service, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and recently been mired in controversy with its new leadership.

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Editor’s Note:

An issue that has been simmering in the US for weeks grabbed part of the spotlight this week: the postal service. Here Savannah Behrmann explores the USPS budget, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and more. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


An Insider’s Guide to What the Biden-Harris Relationship Will Look Like

“For two years I spent more time with him than anyone in my life, including my wife,” Loewe said. “I had a very close experience with him in terms of observing him and understanding him and channeling him.”

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The Wire India

Explained: What Positions Would Kamala Harris Take on Issues Key to India?

New Delhi: With Joe Biden picking Kamala Harris as his running mate for the US presidential elections, the Democratic senator and former prosecutor, whose mother is Indian, is likely to take a stronger stance on human rights issues in India, but also ease up the movement on skilled professionals that has been throttled by the current administration.

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The Hill

Democrats struggle to harness enthusiasm of Gen Z voters

Naina Agrawal-Hardin is only 17, but she feels like her generation is running out of time.

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Disability advocacy gains new traction in presidential races

For decades, the disability advocacy community has fought for a permanent — and prominent — place in the mainstream political discussion. The 2020 presidential race has seen a sea change.

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Did Kamala Harris’ Berkeley childhood shape the presidential hopeful?

California Senator Kamala Harris has officially joined the throng of Democrats pursuing the 2020 presidency.

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Editor’s Note:

Harris’s spot on the ticket has also sparked a slew of articles on who exactly she is. Here Berkeleyside, a local outlet in the Bay Area, looks at her childhood. – Christopher Brennan, Editor


Why Kamala Harris’ Morning Walks With Grandpa Along Chennai’s Besant Nagar Beach Matter

Besides being the first Black woman on a major party’s presidential ticket, she’s also the first Indian-American. Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was born in Chennai’s Besant Nagar and immigrated to the US to attend a doctoral program at UC Berkeley. Like Barack Obama, a mixed-race heritage has allowed Harris to connect across identities and reach multiple audiences and voting blocs.

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The Post Office Is Deactivating Mail Sorting Machines Ahead of the Election

Good thing nobody’s predicting a huge surge in mail any time soon.

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Kamala Harris does little to appeal where Joe Biden doesn’t, which makes her a risky choice

The VP nominee’s upside is limited – but that probably won’t matter with Donald Trump floundering

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Associated Press

Private prison industry backs Trump, prepares if Biden wins

Executives at the nation’s two largest private prison companies have been donating large sums to President Donald Trump and Republican candidates with an eye toward the November elections that one of the corporations believes will lead to a rebound in its stock price.

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Is Kamala Harris Legally African American, Indian, Both, Neither, or Something Else?

Harris’ origins allow her to properly claim Asian or Black/African American legal status, and she has chosen the latter.

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Texas Tribune

Texas Democrats see a winning formula in Kamala Harris. Will she bring suburban women and Black voters to the polls?

State Democrats see her as someone who can excite key voting groups but who won’t alienate more moderate voters.

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Kamala Harris brings a view from tech’s epicenter to the presidential race

Joe Biden’s decision to name California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the quest to unseat President Trump means that the next vice president might be not only by a woman of color — a historic milestone by any account — but also someone who built a career in the tech industry’s front yard.

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Editor’s Note:

Speaking of California, Harris’s role as senator from the Golden State places her in an interesting position vis-a-vis the tech industry. Here TechCrunch gives a look at her positions at what they might mean going forward. -Christopher Brennan, Editor

Technical University of Munich

“American foreign policy would be more predictable again”

Joe Biden, the presumptive US Democratic party’s presidential candidate, announced Tuesday night that California Senator Kamala Harris will be his running mate as the vice-presidential candidate in the upcoming November election. In an interview Tim Büthe, Professor of International Relations at the TUM Bavarian School of Public Policy (HfP), gives his assessment of her candidacy.

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Mercury News

Oakland ready for Trump attacks if ‘proud daughter’ Kamala Harris joins Democratic ticket

OAKLAND — When Joe Biden’s vice presidential search committee met with a who’s who of California Democrats on a Zoom call late last month, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf used up every second of her turn to make an urgent pitch for Kamala Harris, a self-described proud “daughter of Oakland, California.”

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‘Here’s Hoping Harris Will Break the Mold of How Women Are Treated on the Stump’

Now that Sen. Kamala Harris has become the third female VP candidate on a major party ticket in history, Politico Magazine asked some smart female political observers to tell us: How will things be different for this VP choice, for this woman, and for this race? Or has nothing changed at all? Here’s what they had to say.

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Fox Business

Sen. Harris’ financial legislation ranges from Wall Street accountability to PPP

Joe Biden’s new running mate brings many money matters to the ticket

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Daily Dot

Will a Biden-Harris administration break up big tech?

Here’s a look at what Harris has said about a number of tech issues.

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