With her back against the wall, Kamala Harris surged. Will it last?

Within 24 hours of the debate, her team raised more than $2m in online donations, and she moved up in the polls Kamala Harris is a multibillion-dollar plan to invest in black homeownership that matched concrete economic solutions with a fierce promise to right past wrongs. It is the jolt of energy that Harris campaign needed after months of struggling to stand out in the polls. Harris performance on 27 June, in the first round of debates of the 2020 presidential race, was a much-needed win. Harris walked on stage ranked fifth in the most crowded Democratic race in history. She left basking in attention, having metaphorically kneecapped the frontrunner. Within 24 hours, her team raised more than $2m in …

Booker not sure Biden up to the task of reconciling US over racial injustices

Booker, a Democratic presidential candidate, said Biden has an inability to talk candidly about the mistakes he made The Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is up to that task. Whoever our nominee is going to be, whoever the next president is going to be, really needs to be someone who can talk openly and honestly about race with vulnerability because none of us are perfect, but really call this country to common ground, to reconciliation, the New Jersey senator told NBCs Meet the Press. Im not sure if Vice-President Biden is up to that task, given the way this last three weeks have played out, and frankly I know whoever is that nominee needs to be able to pull this …

The wild race to lead the Democrats could break the gender mould of US politics | Emma Brockes

Six female candidates have more chance of avoiding sexist stereotyping than poor, isolated Hillary Clinton, says Guardian columnist Emma Brockes It was a strange experience, watching the US Democratic candidates debate this week, and not having ones eye drawn to the traditional solitary female on stage. For the first time, more than one woman is standing in the race and in popularity has surged over the past few months and a woman who often carries an air of being the only grownup in the room. Unlike Amy Klobuchar, the senator from Minnesota, was spirited and amused. Hillary Clinton had been. Still, the playing field is a way off being levelled. Watching the exchanges I found myself maintaining in my head …