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Kamala Harris flames out: Black people didn't trust her, and they were wise not to

Kamala Harris flames out: Black people didn't trust her, and they were wise not toYounger blacks and black progressives took a deeper, dispassionate dive into Kamala Harris’ real-world record. They didn’t like what they found



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Why did the Kamala Harris campaign fail?

Why did the Kamala Harris campaign fail?Kamala Harris was once considered a frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, but was forced to drop out amid poor polling numbers. What went wrong with her campaign?



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Harris, Warren compete for support from black female voters

Harris, Warren compete for support from black female votersKamala Harris got a much needed boost this past week when the California senator picked up the endorsement of Higher Heights, the country’s largest political organization aimed at electing black women. A day after Harris’ announcement, the Massachusetts senator won the backing of more than 100 black female activists. The dueling endorsements signal an emerging battle between Warren and Harris for the support of black women, who are the Democratic Party’s most loyal and consistent voters.



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Kamala Harris occasionally struggles with 'performance anxiety,' current and former aides say

Kamala Harris occasionally struggles with 'performance anxiety,' current and former aides saySen. Kamala Harris' (D-Calif.) fall in the early stages of the Democratic presidential race may be self-created, Politico reports.One of her issues has been what several current and former aides described to Politico as a "kind of performance anxiety that washes over in her tense times." That's led to struggles in big moments, such as when Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) attacked Harris' record as a prosecutor during the second Democratic primary debate. Harris appeared indecisive in her response to the criticism, and Markos Moulitsas, the founder and publisher of the Daily Kos, points to the exchange at the moment Harris' campaign began its downward trend. "Why wouldn't you take that head-on in a prime-time audience?" Moulitsas told Politico.The aides say Harris can sometimes have trouble listening to questions and comments — at least three times since beginning her campaign, the senator has said she misheard a question, Politico notes. Most notably, she said she didn't hear a man call President Trump's agenda "mentally retarded" even though video shows her laughing right after he said it. Harris apologized after the video was played back to her, calling it "upsetting."She also reportedly can be overeager in attempts to please her questioners and will sometimes revert to "comfortable scripts in her head" because she's afraid she'll flub an answer. Of course, this is far from the only reason — internal and external — that Harris' campaign has sputtered recently, although many of her advisers still believe that there's still time to get back on track. Read more at Politico.



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Kamala Harris gets coveted invite from powerful Nevada union

Kamala Harris gets coveted invite from powerful Nevada unionKamala Harris will be the first Democratic presidential candidate next week to hold a town hall with the powerful casino workers’ Culinary Union in Las Vegas. The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 represents bartenders, housekeepers and other workers in the city’s famed casinos. The union’s leaders have had private meetings with most of the presidential candidates but Harris is the first to be invited to a town hall with the union’s rank-and-file members.



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Kamala Harris called a Pete Buttigieg comment 'naive' — and Buttigieg agreed

Kamala Harris called a Pete Buttigieg comment 'naive' — and Buttigieg agreedSen. Kamala Harris had a good laugh at her fellow Democratic presidential candidate South Bendia, Indiana Mayor, Pete Buttigieg's comments that the race was "getting to be" a two-person showdown between Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)In an interview with CBS, Harris called the suggestion "naive" and said the mayor should review some history books to remind himself of the fact that elections generally aren't decided this early.> .@KamalaHarris literally laughed at @PeteButtigieg's suggestion it's now a two-way race b/t him & Warren. She also called it "naive" via @FaceTheNation @edokeefe pic.twitter.com/TqIlj51PXn> > — Bo Erickson (@BoKnowsNews) November 3, 2019Buttigieg was later asked about Harris' response to his comments and he couldn't help but agree. He said he couldn't remember the exact context that led to his answer, but he thinks "we all know that this is a fluid race, that it's a very competitive race, and that anything could happen." > On remarks Kamala Harris made to CBS calling his comments on a "two-way race" "naive", Pete Buttigieg tells @AsteadWesley, "She's right. Look, where we are now is three months ahead of the Iowa primary, and the, or the Iowa Caucuses, and the Iowa Caucuses are just the beginning." pic.twitter.com/CKWxc5yT8t> > — DJ Judd (@DJJudd) November 3, 2019



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Sen. Kamala Harris to slash staff, restructure campaign as she hemorrhages cash

Sen. Kamala Harris to slash staff, restructure campaign as she hemorrhages cashKamala Harris is dramatically restructuring her campaign by redeploying staffers to Iowa and laying off dozens of aides at her Baltimore headquarters, according to campaign sources and a memo obtained by Politico Wednesday, as she struggles to resuscitate her beleaguered presidential bid.



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Kamala Harris to Donald Trump Jr: 'You wouldn’t know a joke if one raised you'

Kamala Harris to Donald Trump Jr: 'You wouldn’t know a joke if one raised you'The 2020 democratic hopeful was responding to the President's son calling her "The most disingenuous person in politics, after Hillary” for laughing at her own jokes



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Harris Releases Plan for Six Months of Taxpayer-Funded Family Leave

Harris Releases Plan for Six Months of Taxpayer-Funded Family LeaveSenator Kamala Harris on Monday released a paid family leave proposal that is significantly more generous than those embraced by the rest of the Democratic presidential field.As she campaigns in Iowa, the California Democrat detailed her plan to give workers up to six months of taxpayer-funded paid family and medical leave, twice the length of time provided by a family leave bill currently under consideration in Congress.Americans who earn less than $ 75,000 annually would receive their full wages during their paid leave, while those who earn more would receive incrementally less compensation. Employees would be able to take leave for personal or family medical issues, including to care for domestic partners, parents-in-law, and “chosen family.”Prerequisites for claiming the benefits include "personal serious health conditions, caring for new children or family members with serious health conditions, or addressing medical or non-medical needs," such as those arising from domestic violence or sexual assault, Harris' plan states.Self-employed workers, part-time employees, and independent contractors would all be eligible to claim the benefits.The former California attorney general also said she would put pressure on Congress to pass the Child Care for Working Families Act, which would provide child care assistance to middle and lower-class families.The program would be run by a new Office of Paid Family and Medical Leave, which would be paid for by a "combination of employer and employee payroll contributions and government expenditures paid for by tax increases on the top one percent and big corporations."



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Harris says Iowa's caucuses can prove she's electable

Harris says Iowa's caucuses can prove she's electableDemocratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris told Iowa voters on Sunday that they can help refute questions about her electability if they support her in the caucuses. “Iowans have the ability to show our country what can be, even if we’ve never seen it before,” Harris said during an event on Iowa State University’s campus. The visit to Ames marked her first to the state since Harris announced plans to recommit her focus on Iowa, as part of an effort to turn around a campaign that has thus far struggled to gain traction.



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