Progressive Organizing and the Presidential Primary: The Intercept’s 2019 Politics Coverage

A look back at The Intercept’s must-read politics stories from 2019.

A look back at The Intercept’s must-read politics stories from 2019.

Pete Buttigieg Touted Three Major Supporters of His Douglass Plan for Black America. They Were Alarmed When They Saw It

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“I never actually endorsed the plan. They went ahead and used my name,” said one prominent South Carolinian who the campaign named as a top supporter.
By Ryan Grim

Joe Biden’s Family Has Been Cashing In on His Career for Decades. Democrats Need to Acknowledge That.

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Democrats have sidestepped the question of Hunter Biden’s ethics, and how much responsibility Joe Biden deserves. Republicans, though, have no such qualms.
By Ryan Grim

The Day I Met Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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She wasn’t yet the target of conservative hate-thirst, and up until two months before I met her, she was still going by “Sandy” and working at a bar.
By Aída Chávez

As San Francisco District Attorney, Kamala Harris’s Office Stopped Cooperating With Victims of Catholic Church Child Abuse

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Thanks to Kamala Harris’s predecessor, the San Francisco DA’s office had files on clergy sex abusers. But Harris refused to share them with victims.
By Lee Fang, Video by Leighton Akio Woodhouse

In Three Touchstone Speeches, Elizabeth Warren Grounds Her Campaign in a History of American Protest and Movement Building

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Linking with women-led labor struggles is her way of answering those who want to push her away from economic policy and into a “women’s issues” box.
By Ryan Grim

Progressive Candidates Are Carving a Path to the Senate in 2020 — No Thanks to Chuck Schumer

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If Democrats manage to seize the Senate and make Schumer the majority leader, it will be in large part due to the work of an organized left.
By Ryan Grim, Akela Lacy, Aída Chávez

Elliott Abrams, Trump’s Pick to Bring “Democracy” to Venezuela, Has Spent His Life Crushing Democracy

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The choice of Abrams sends a clear message: The Trump administration intends to brutalize Venezuela, while proclaiming our love for human rights.
By Jon Schwarz

How Bernie Sanders Accidentally Built a Groundbreaking Organizing Movement

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Activists working on Sanders’s 2016 campaign innovated an approach to organizing that was replicated in Europe and is driving his current presidential bid.
By Ryan Grim

The Wax and Wane of J Street’s Influence Over U.S.-Israel Policy

Photo: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times via Redux
Jeremy Ben-Ami claimed his organization would only exist for a few years. But as the two-state solution grew distant, J Street solidified into a D.C. institution.
By Maryam Saleh, Ryan Grim

How Lachlan Murdoch Went From Studying Philosophy at Princeton to Exploiting White Nationalism at Fox News

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Rupert Murdoch’s oldest son has taken charge of Fox News. The family’s role in the far-right network is coming under greater scrutiny.
By Peter Maass



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