Why America still can’t face up to Trump’s racism

(CNN)The Unite the Right riot in Charlottesville in 2017 was the largest eruption of white supremacist violence in the United States in a generation, if only the most visible of thousands of incidents that followed the 2016 election. August 11 and 12, 2019, mark the second anniversary of the violence, which claimed the life of the anti-racist protestor Heather Heyer and injured dozens of others. Two police officers died in a helicopter crash. The partial disintegration and discrediting of the alt-right was one positive outcome of Charlottesville; there have been others. The violence of August 2017 helped galvanize a broad anti-racist political coalition that has achieved some notable successes in the past two years, from the 2018 opening of the …

Tim Ryan: What my cousin Donnie taught me about America’s working class

(CNN)A few years ago, I received a call from my cousin Donnie, a proud Ohioan, Vietnam veteran and seasoned steelworker. Throughout his life, Donnie bounced between jobs in steel mills across our state, earning a living wage. Donnie told me on the phone that it was his last day at Delphi Automotive, a General Motors supplier, and that his job and the entire company were getting outsourced to cut costs. Donnie spent his last few hours on the job unbolting his machine from the floor, boxing it up and shipping it to China. As I grew up, I saw the steel industry slowly crumble, and it forever shaped both my ideology and my relationships with the diverse working-class community in …

Kamala Harris: It pays to attack

(CNN)It pays to go on the attack. That was the message of the first Democratic debates, as Senator Kamala Harris discovered when her exchange with former Vice President Joe Biden over 1970s school busing catapulted her into what was widely viewed as the winner’s slot. Writing in advance of the first debate, Paul Begala said, “There is only one question: Who can beat Trump? The questions may sound like they’re about health care or taxes, Iran or North Korea, but believe me, the subtext is simple: Democrats want to beat Trump, period. If you’re asked a question about the border and give an answer about the border, you’ve given an incomplete response. You must use your answer to illustrate why …

Barack Obama’s and Jimmy Carter’s Iaunch pad may have lost its magic

(CNN)The new CNN poll about where Democratic candidates stand in Iowa is out. And while former Vice President Joe Biden maintains his lead at 24%, it is narrower than in most recent polls. Some of his competitors, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 15% and Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 14%, seem to be gaining significant ground. This likely means that enthusiasm for Biden is not especially strong, particularly when compared to his competitors. And Carter and Obama aren’t unique. Among Democrats, seven party nominees have won in Iowa since 1976. Meanwhile, candidates who have ignored Iowa, such as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2008, have sometimes suffered the consequences. But does Iowa really matter as much as it used …