Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., began to lose her voice Saturday night after she began her campaign swing through Iowa 24 hours earlier.
Speaking to an overflow crowd in Iowa's capital city, the Massachusetts Democrat told the crowd that she got a cold before delivering an abbreviated version of her stump speech.
"I have a piece of bad news: I have a cold," Warren said through an audibly hoarse voice. "Too much time with little people," she added. A spokesperson for Warren said the senator was referring to her grandchildren with whom she had spent the holidays.
Warren was completing her fourth campaign stop in two days after stops in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, and Storm Lake, where Warren also spoke not only to packed rooms, but overflow crowds before the main events.
President Trump on Sunday night mocked a video of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) by saying the video would have been a "smash" if she filmed it in "Bighorn or Wounded Knee," a reference to her Native American heritage. Trump suggested that Warren's husband, who appears in the video, should have worn "full Indian garb."
The president also renewed his use of his racially charged nickname for Warren: Pocahontas. "If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash!" Trump tweeted.
SNL’s latest host, Rachel Brosnahan, is a card-carrying millennial, and so is its current most famous cast member, Pete Davidson. So it made sense for the Brosnahan episode to find some laughs in the how screwed their generation is, money-wise.
Enter “Millennial Millions,” the second game show-themed sketch in the episode’s first half-hour, after the cold open. Once again, Kenan Thompson played the chipper, gallows humor-prone host, leading Brosnahan and Davidson’s struggling twentysomethings in a variation of Press Your Luck/Whammy. The categories they can wind on include things like “debt relief” or “social security” — surely to be of help to Brosnahan’s character, who doesn’t have health insurance because she only works at Google.
The catch? They can only keep their winnings — including, for Davidson, a prize that will cover up to $100,000 in student debt, or half of what he owes — if, and only if, they can stomach listening to a boomer rant about their bubbled “problems” for about 15 seconds. Guess what happens!
Many presidential candidates write books. Most are invariably forgettable — the product of the same collaborative writing process that produces a “major address” but without the excitement of live performance, an audience, or a charismatic performer.
Elizabeth Warren is different. She’s written extensively — as a prominent legal scholar focused on bankruptcy — long before she entered politics. She lays out ideas that she hoped would provoke or persuade rather than win elections. Much of this is fairly dry academic fare like 1999’s “Financial Characteristics of Businesses in Bankruptcy” (co-authored with Jay Lawrence Westbrook and published in the American Bankruptcy Law Journal).
Then in 2004, she tried something different. She collaborated with her daughter Amelia Warren Tyagi, a management consultant, on a work of serious nonfiction aimed at a popular audience: The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are Going Broke. The book is chock-full of thoughts on a wide range of public policy issues but written long before Warren’s first run for public office or even before her campaign for a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau existed in its mature form. It’s much realer and more interesting than any campaign book.
It’s an important read as the 2020 campaign begins because it offers unvarnished insight into the evolution of Warren’s thinking as she moved from being a Republican in the mid-1990s to the left-wing Democrat we know today. The policy ideas she espoused 15 years ago are considerably smaller-scale than the platform she’s developed over the past decade, but the diagnosis that's led her to her current positions are all right there in the book — a book that argues that the fundamental structure of the American economy has shifted in a way that loads the dice against middle-class families.
Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is making a big move on taxes as she seeks to stand out in a crowded Democratic presidential primary field where many candidates will be competing to win over progressive voters.
The Massachusetts senator, who recently announced an exploratory committee for president, is calling for a special annual tax for those with a net worth that exceeds $50 million. The proposal quickly caught the attention of progressives, who praised Warren for floating taxes as a way to tackle wealth inequality.
Warren said in an MSNBC interview on Thursday that the tax could raise revenue to help “build opportunity for the rest of America.”
University of California, Berkeley, economics professors Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman told Warren that the tax would raise about $2.75 trillion over 10 years.
“That’s the kind of money where we could pay for child care, high quality child care, for all of our kids,” Warren said. “It’s the kind of of money where we could do real relief on student-loan debt. It’s the kind of money where we could make a real start on a Green New Deal. It’s the kind of money where we could bring down the cost of health care.”