A leftist who had served longer than any other current head of state in Latin America, Mr. Morales lost his grip on power amid violent protests set off by a disputed election.
Alex Burns“He was the first Indigenous president in a country that had been led by a tiny elite of European descent for centuries, and he shepherded Bolivia through an era of economic growth and shrinking inequality ... But his reluctance to give up power ...”
Billions of dollars won’t guarantee him a place in the Democratic race. Providing a cohesive centrist message would.
Alex Burns“On the left, Warren and Sanders have been forceful and effective voices for large ideas ... From the center, there has been no equivalent argument.”
@harrispolitico on the unfilled space in the 2020 field, & what it would take for Bloomberg to fill it👇
The former New York City mayor submitted paperwork on Friday afternoon to enter the 2020 presidential primary in Alabama, the first state with a filing deadline.
Alex BurnsNEWS: Bloomberg will skip the early states, incl. Iowa and NH, if he runs for president
He would focus instead on big, expensive Super Tues states like California & Texas
It's a risky play that would disrupt the primary & enrage early-state Dems
A New York Times/Siena College survey in six key states also showed voters want a candidate who can work with Republicans.
Alex Burns“The divisions go beyond ideology and ambition: Older, nonwhite Ds and those without college degrees strongly favor Mr. Biden. But younger Ds of all races prefer Ms. Warren & Mr. Sanders, while those with college degrees overwhelmingly prefer Ms. Warren.”
National polls have him firmly behind Joe Biden across the country, and questions remain over Mr. Buttigieg’s ability to create a diverse coalition. But in Iowa, he’s on the rise.
Alex Burns.@AsteadWesley on the appeal of Mayor Pete, and its potential limitations:
"Mr. Buttigieg uniquely plays to the one thing the Democratic electorate has always enjoyed: falling in love with a new political face promising national unity and compromise."
Ms. Warren garnered 22 percent in a New York Times/Siena College poll, to 19 percent for Bernie Sanders. Pete Buttigieg has surged, while Mr. Biden’s travails have put the race in flux.
Alex BurnsNew: IOWA poll shows Warren with a slim lead, with Bernie (steady), Buttigieg (rising) and Biden (fading) knotted close behind her
A defining feature of the race is a generational divide in what Dem voters want in a nominee – tons of details here 👇
Alex BurnsBiden's support is basically entirely older voters.
Among people over 65, he is still the frontrunner.
He is supported by only 2 percent of voters under 45.
Alex BurnsAmong voters under 45, Biden is trailing Andrew Yang and tied with Tulsi Gabbard.
The victory for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada came after an often ugly campaign.
Alex Burns“Mr. Scheer focused his campaign on Mr. Trudeau’s character — calling him a ‘fraud’ who is ‘always wearing a mask’ — rather than putting forward his own defining vision for the nation beyond cutting taxes.”
Mr. Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, met several times with Mr. Epstein, a sex criminal, a Times investigation found. Mr. Gates now concedes an error in judgment.
Alex Burns“His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me”
Alex Burns“ The photo, taken in Mr. Epstein’s marble-clad entrance hall, shows a beaming Mr. Epstein ... On his right: James E. Staley, at the time a senior JPMorgan executive, and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers.“
Rich McHugh recounts how top NBC brass, including news chairman Andrew Lack and news president Noah Oppenheim, bowed to Harvey Weinstein to quash the truth.
Alex BurnsAccording to this firsthand account, the two most powerful people at one of the country’s most powerful news organizations helped shield a violent sexual predator from their reporters and then lied about it to their staff and the outside world
A close read of a speech by a president almost clinically obsessed with television.
Alex Burns“It might seem like Trump is unable to focus on his text because he is bored with the presidency. The truth is slightly different. He sees the presidency as a means to the end of positive television coverage.”