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Obama team frustrated by Biden’s appeals to bipartisanship

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has set himself apart from many of his fellow Democratic presidential candidates by promising to restore bipartisanship in Washington — and he swears that once Trump is gone, Republicans themselves will jump at the chance to work with him. “These folks know better,” he said at a recent campaign event. “They know this isn’t what they’re supposed to be doing.”

It remains to be seen whether Biden truly believes this or he is simply calculating that voters want to hear it. And there is some polling evidence that many of them do — Quinnipiac finds Democratic voters prefer a candidate who will “work with” Republicans by a 13-point margin.

On the other hand, according to The Daily Beast, there is one group of people who certainly don’t want to hear it: Biden’s fellow alumni of President Barack Obama’s administration.

“Right on. Mitch McConnell and Mark Meadows will rush to form the Woke Caucus. And Nelson Rockefeller will be revived from his grave,” said former Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt sarcastically.

Another unnamed senior aide had a blunter response to Biden’s vision: “Fuck no.”

Biden’s lengthy Senate career was full of bipartisan negotiation on major issues ranging from the budget to criminal justice. But it seems hard to imagine that Republicans would be chomping at the bit to work with him as a president, given that Obama spent eight years extending the GOP olive branches and Republicans spent eight years burning them.

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While Biden was vice president, Republicans repeatedly stonewalled the most modest policy goals on health care, guns, and the environment; shut down the government; threatened to block the Treasury from paying the debt; and conducted years-long sideshow investigations of Benghazi and Hillary Clinton’s emails. Perhaps most fresh in progressive activists’ minds, they stole a Supreme Court seat from Obama — and falsely claimed that Biden himself had set the precedent to let them do it.

All of this was the norm before Trump took office, and it will almost certainly be the norm after — whether or not Biden is the next president.

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Rep. Ted Lieu: Impeachment is coming — and so is a Democratic president

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Donald Trump recently called “impeachment” a “dirty, filthy, disgusting word,” but his continued stonewalling of legitimate congressional oversight requests are moving more and more House Democrats to embrace that “filthy” concept. That was the very point made by Rep. Ted Lieu of California, a progressive Democrat who sits on the House Judiciary Committee during our recent conversation on “Salon Talks.” That committee would be the starting point for an actual impeachment inquiry of the president.

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New report targets 15 House Democrats who ‘deserve’ progressive primary challengers

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As progressive candidates continue to announce their intentions to oust corporate Democrats, a new report names 15 House Democrats to unseat in primary challenges.

Published Monday by the left-leaning group RootsAction, the new report is entitled Bad Blues: Some of the House Democrats Who Deserve to Be 'Primaried.'

The list, the report notes, "is by no means exhaustive—only illustrative."

"There may well be a Democratic member of Congress near you not included here who serves corporate interests more than majority interests, or has simply grown tired or complacent in the never-ending struggles for social, racial, and economic justice as well as environmental sanity and peace," the report notes. "Perhaps you live in a district where voters are ready to be inspired by a progressive primary candidate because the Democrat in Congress is not up to the job."

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It’s Biden vs rest of Democrats in 1st 2020 debate clash

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For Democrats seeking to challenge Donald Trump in 2020, the rubber meets the road in Miami this week, where Joe Biden will defend his frontrunner status as presidential candidates finally square off face to face.

Americans are bracing for the nation's biggest political debate since the slugfests of 2016, a two-night showdown beginning Wednesday with 20 Democrats vying for a breakout moment that could showcase their talents, or see them stumble on the world stage.

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