I Got Banned by LinkedIn for Using ‘American’ in a Job Posting

After I posted a job opening on LinkedIn last summer for my new online journal, New Guard Press, the social media site removed the listing, citing “discrimination.”

My crime? I wrote that my post sought “young writers who believe in our mission of reviving American culture.”

 A label on that job posting for New Guard Press in my LinkedIn account still says it was “removed for discrimination.” I originally got the notification on July 4, 2023.  

This was not the first time I had trouble with LinkedIn’s Jobs section. Two days earlier, I had received the same notification for an almost identical job posting. I appealed, asking LinkedIn to take a second look.

I hoped that a more reasonable person would review the job posting, see that there was nothing remotely discriminatory about it, and return the post to the platform.  

Twelve minutes after I requested a review of the earlier post, I got another email. LinkedIn confirmed that my job listing did in fact violate its “Jobs Terms and Conditions.”  

After capitulating and removing the word “American” from the job description (a decision I now regret), I tried to post an entirely different job. Following this, I got an email July 7, 2023, saying that my ability to post jobs had been suspended for a week.  

In August, LinkedIn banned me for another six days for “recurring violations of our Jobs Terms & Conditions and Quality Job Post Guidelines.”

By this point, I had found out that LinkedIn doesn’t have accessible customer service. The only option is to direct-message LinkedIn on X (then still called Twitter), which I did after getting banned a second time.  

Thirteen days later, I got a message back saying: “It looks like this has already been resolved.  Please let us know if you still experience issues.” 

Keep in mind that when all of this took place, New Guard Press had not published a single article. It was barely more than an idea in the head of an 18-year-old in rural southern Ohio who wanted to build a publication for young conservatives .  

Some may dismiss this incident as just a flaw in an otherwise good algorithm that keeps the LinkedIn community safe and professional. Even if that were so, LinkedIn has annual revenue north of $13 billion. If removing a job posting on the Fourth of July because it contains the word “American” is a flaw in its automated system, surely LinkedIn has the means to rapidly fix that flaw.  

But more to the point, behind algorithms are human beings with ideas.  

After LinkedIn removed my job posting for New Guard Press, I made a post on my personal account containing screenshots of a job posting by Planned Parenthood for a “Lead Clinician” that openly included performing abortion as part of the job description.

My personal post included screenshots from a job posting by Indiana University Health titled “Academic Ob/gyn and trans/Gender Health Hybrid Position” and one from Rush University Medical Center looking for a “Gender Affirmation Advanced Practice Provider.” 

LinkedIn allowed the listings for these two paid positions to remain on its website but removed my posting for an unpaid job at a new publication, New Guard Press. It’s clear that LinkedIn isn’t even pretending to be politically neutral.  

“LinkedIn is not only as woke as other social media companies, but probably even more so,” The Heritage Foundation’s GianCarlo Canaparo and Daniel Cochrane wrote for The Daily Signal in April.

“And it doesn’t hide it,” they added. “On the contrary, LinkedIn devotes a great deal of its resources to publicizing its ideological bias.”  

LinkedIn “regularly publishes blogs touting its commitment to DEI,” Heritage’s Canaparo and Cochrane noted. “It produces hundreds of videos and classes to teach other people how important DEI is. It celebrates the DEI awards it wins from left-wing groups.” 

This suggests that LinkedIn took down my job postings not because “reviving American culture” is discriminatory, but because LinkedIn discriminates against conservatives.  

If LinkedIn truly wants to be a respected professional platform, it should at the very least fix its algorithms, so they don’t flag the word “American” as a form of discrimination.

And if LinkedIn truly wants to be a beneficial part of the online landscape, it should do away with policies that enforce the Left’s political agenda.   

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Morning Digest: Scandal-ridden Republican could usher in far-right rule in Arizona’s largest county

The Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, and Stephen Wolf, with additional contributions from the Daily Kos Elections team.

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Maricopa County, AZ Board of Supervisors: Far-right Republicans are hoping that the July 30 primaries will set them up to take control of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors this fall, but one of their candidates is going to have to overcome some unwelcome late-breaking news to prevail.

“Maricopa County candidate accused of real estate fraud,” News 12 says of former Arizona state Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, who is challenging Supervisor Tom Galvin for renomination in a conservative seat that includes the cities of Mesa and Scottsdale. Reporter Joe Dana says that Ugenti-Rita, who is a former real estate agent , falsely listed herself as “unmarried” on financial documents she filed in April 2023, including on a deed trust.

Dana further reports that the candidate’s husband went on to file for divorce last August and submitted a court filing saying, “Marital residence … was acquired during the marriage solely in Wife’s name and is fraudulently titled to her ‘as a single person.'” Ugenti-Rita did not respond to Dana’s emails for comment and would not say anything to him in person.

What Ugenti-Rita is doing, though, is spreading election conspiracy theories about “ballot harvesting” on social media. On Tuesday, Ugenti-Rita also retweeted a supporter who called Galvin “a Never Trumper who did NOT stand up and fight for election integrity in 2022” and “did not think that anything nefarious happened, despite all of the evidence.” This is nothing new for the former state senator, who sponsored aggressive voting restrictions in Arizona following the 2020 elections.

Ugenti-Rita, whom Arizona Republic columnist Abe Kwok dubbed “[t]he angriest candidate for county supervisor,” has also accused the incumbent of using his position on the county library district board to promote “sexually explicit content.” (Kwok says these materials are “books with LGBTQ+ themes.”) The challenger, the paper’s editorial board recently highlighted , is pursuing this line of attack “without irony” eight years after a female lobbyist accused Ugenti-Rita of trying to convince her to take part in a threesome.

Galvin, for his part, won his 2022 special election primary by beating foes who promoted election conspiracy theories . “I wasn’t there during much of the response to the 2020 election, but my three opponents tried to make it about that,” he told the Arizona Republic in 2022, “and frankly, their platforms and their campaigns, from all three of them, was just based on lies, and what I did was I met with folks and I told the truth.” Galvin and the other members of this five-person body went on to defy Republican Kari Lake and her supporters by certifying the results of the fall election, including Democrat Katie Hobbs’ victory over Lake for governor.

While the winner of the GOP primary will be favored to prevail in the general election for the 2nd District, which, according to VEST data from Dave’s Redistricting App , supported Donald Trump 53-46 four years ago, the outcome of two other primaries could have larger repercussions for the fall general election. Republicans currently enjoy a 4-1 majority on the Board of Supervisors for Arizona’s largest county, but Democrats would take control for the first time since 1968 if they flipped two competitive seats that President Joe Bidden carried in 2020.

One of those constituencies is the 3rd District, where GOP Supervisor Bill Gates is retiring after years of extreme harassment from far-right conspiracy theorists. Former Phoenix City Council member Daniel Valenzuela has no Democratic primary opposition ahead of his quest to flip this seat, which backed Biden 54-45 .

The GOP primary pits former state Sen. Kate Brophy McGee against attorney Tabatha LaVoie. Brophy McGee, according to Kwok, is a relative moderate , while LaVoie, echoing language used by many on the right, warns on her website that Maricopa “cannot continue to raise doubts about the integrity of our elections.” (There is no evidence that Maricopa’s elections have been anything but free and fair.)

Republican Supervisor Jack Sellers, who has also been the recipient of death threats from Big Lie spreaders, faces a primary challenge from the right in the 1st District, which went for Biden by a narrower 51-48 margin . His opponent is Chandler City Councilman Mark Stewart, who has refused to say whether Biden or Hobbs were rightfully elected or if he’d have certified their respective victories. The Democratic candidate is Tempe City Council member Joel Navarro, who last year predicted to Axios that Sellers, whom he said was doing a “wonderful job,” wouldn’t win renomination.

The far-right, however, is all but assured to gain a foothold on the Board of Supervisors this cycle no matter what happens in the aforementioned three seats. GOP Supervisor Clint Hickman, who has also received threats to his life , is not seeking reelection in the 5th District, which is the most conservative of the five constituencies.

Rep. Debbie Lesko, who has Donald Trump’s endorsement , is the favorite to succeed Hickman. Lesko belongs to the nihilistic Freedom Caucus , and she’s consistently supported her party’s most extreme positions, including voting to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Lesko’s only primary foe , Grand Canyon University professor Bob Branch, has been even more outspoken about promoting election lies. Branch narrowly lost his 2018 primary for state superintendent of public institutions, but he continues to claim he really “won” that contest.

The one Democrat on the Board of Supervisors is Steve Gallardo, who has no primary to worry about in his safely blue 5th District. Gallardo has expressed optimism about his party’s prospects, saying last year that he’s “looking forward to becoming the Chairman” of the board following the 2024 elections.


NJ-Sen: Convicted Sen. Bob Menendez formally notified Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday that he would resign , with his departure taking effect on Aug. 20. But Menendez, who remains a member of the Democratic caucus, has not yet said if he’ll end his independent campaign for his seat; the deadline to withdraw from the general election ballot is Aug. 16 .

It will be up to Murphy to appoint a new senator, though it’s not clear if there would be enough time to hold a special election this year for the remaining months of his term. Democratic Rep. Andy Kim, who won the June primary, is the favorite to win this fall’s regularly scheduled race for a full six-year term.


CA-Gov: Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Tuesday that he was entering the 2026 top-two primary to succeed termed-out Gov. Gavin Newsom, a fellow California Democrat who defeated him for this post in 2018. And while it may seem early for candidates to launch bids for office well ahead of this year’s presidential election, four other notable Democrats each announced bids to lead America’s most populous state well before Villaraigosa entered the race.

The field already featured Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis , former state Comptroller Betty Yee , Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond , and state Sen. Toni Atkins , who stepped down as leader of the upper chamber earlier this year. The field could grow further, as more big names are also eyeing this race.

Villaraigosa has been a prominent figure in state politics for decades, though his electoral career has stalled in recent years. The Democrat first won a seat in the California Assembly in 1994, and he became speaker in 1998 . And while Villaraigosa went on to lose the 2001 race for mayor of America’s second-largest city to fellow Democrat Jim Hahn , he won a decisive victory in their rematch four years later.

But while Villaraigosa, who was Los Angeles’ first Latino chief executive since 1872 , quickly became a rising star in California politics, he struggled to obtain statewide office. Though the mayor spent the first months of 2009 looking likely to run for governor the next year, he ultimately announced he’d stay put after polls showed him struggling against the state’s once and future Democratic governor, then-Attorney General Jerry Brown. (Newsom, who was mayor of San Francisco at the time, initially opposed Brown before switching to his successful campaign for lieutenant governor.)

It would take the better part of a decade for Villaraigosa, who was termed out in 2013, to get another opening. After considering a 2016 bid against Attorney General Kamala Harris to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, the former mayor ultimately announced he would run in 2018 to replace Brown as governor.

Villaraigosa, though, struggled to gain traction against Newsom in the top-two primary. While the former mayor, who ran to Newsom’s right by calling single-payer health care “snake oil,” benefited from heavy spending by wealthy charter school advocates, he still lacked his opponent’s vast financial resources .

The lieutenant governor did his part to make sure his intraparty rival’s campaign would end in round one by running ads designed to raise the profile of Republican businessman John Cox, whom he knew would pose little threat in the general election in this dark blue state. Newsom’s strategy worked as planned: The lieutenant governor led with 34% , while Cox beat out Villaraigosa 25-13 before badly losing to Newsom in November.

But Villaraigosa, who later became the Newsom administration’s infrastructure chief , is hoping things will go differently in a 2026 race where a front-runner has yet to emerge. The new candidate once again is pitching himself as a “problem solver” who can work with others, including Republicans.


AK-AL: The NRCC’s opening ad campaign against Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola marks the true start of the TV advertising season for the general election from the top four House outside groups, as its allies at the Congressional Leadership Fund previously did only some limited TV advertising.

The inaugural spot , which was almost certainly prepared before President Joe Biden ended his reelection campaign Sunday, ties Peltola to the president. The commercial does not mention the new Democratic standard-bearer, Vice President Kamala Harris.

TX-18: State Rep. Jarvis Johnson on Tuesday became the first notable Democrat to announce a campaign to succeed the late Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who died the previous week . The executive committee of the Harris County Democratic Party has until Aug. 26 to select a new general election nominee for Texas’ safely blue 18th District.

Johnson was a member of the Houston City Council in 2010 when he launched a primary bid against Jackson Lee, but his effort ended in a 67-28 defeat . That bad showing, though, didn’t prevent Johnson from winning a spot in the legislature in 2016. However, he lost to fellow Democrat Molly Cook twice this year in a special election for the state Senate and in the regularly scheduled primary runoff . (The latter campaign ended in a tight 50.2-49.8 victory for Cook―a margin of 62 votes.)

Johnson is unlikely to be the only Democrat in contention for Jackson Lee’s seat. Former Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who left office at the start of this year, tells KHOU that he’s considering . Two more local Democrats, former Houston City Councilmember Dwight Boykins and pastor James Dixon, expressed interest to the Houston Chronicle.

The paper also mentions state Rep. Jolanda Jones and former Houston City Councilwoman Amanda Edwards, who badly lost the March primary to Jackson Lee, as potential candidates, but neither of them appears to have publicly said anything about their plans.

WA-06: Punchbowl News reports that Protect Progress, a super PAC aligned with the crypto industry, has launched a $1.4 million ad campaign to promote Democratic state Sen. Emily Randall in the Aug. 6 top-two primary for Washington’s 6th District. The opening spot tells viewers that Randall “would make history as the first LGBTQ Latina in Congress,” and she has the support of Sen. Patty Murray and Planned Parenthood.

The only other Democrat on the ballot, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, has not benefited from any major outside spending, though she does have the endorsement of retiring Rep. Derek Kilmer. GOP state Sen. Drew MacEwen is also in, and while he’s raised little money for his quest to flip this Tacoma-based seat, he may be able to edge out one of the two Democrats next month. Joe Biden carried the 6th District 57-40 four years ago.

Attorneys General

MO-AG: Sen. Josh Hawley on Monday endorsed appointed Attorney General Andrew Bailey ahead of his expensive Aug. 6 Republican primary against Will Scharf, who is one of Donald Trump’s attorneys. Hawley himself was elected to this post in 2016, but he left to wage his successful Senate bid the following cycle.

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Running Mates: If you’re anything like us, the first thing you wonder whenever you hear a Democratic office holder being discussed as a potential running mate for Vice President Kamala Harris is, “What would happen to their seat if they won?” State constitutional law expert Quinn Yeargain takes a look at that very question at Guaranteed Republics for the six governors and one senator―Arizona’s Mark Kelly―who are reportedly in contention for the number-two spot.  

History would be on Kelly’s side , as Joshua Spivak notes in a piece for US News & World Report that 16 of the last 17 Democratic vice presidential nominees were senators. (One of those 16, Missouri Sen. Thomas Francis Eagleton, stepped down in 1972 and was replaced by former Peace Corp head Sargent Shriver.) But if Harris made one of those governors her running mate, that person would fill a role that no Democratic presidential nominee has done in a century.

Spivak highlights that the last sitting governor to serve as the party’s vice presidential nominee was Nebraska Gov. Charles Bryan in 1924, an era when each ticket was still selected at party conventions . The team of John W. Davis, who won the presidential nod after a grueling 103 ballots , and Bryant ended up losing in a landslide to Republican President Calvin Coolidge and his running mate, Charles Dawes.

While few could blame Bryant, who was the brother of three-time presidential nominee William Jennings Bryant, for that debacle, Democrats have yet to pick another sitting governor to be their vice presidential contender. (Some senators who occupied this role, most recently Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine in 2016, had previously been their state’s chief executive.) Republicans have shown no such hesitancy, with Alaska’s Sarah Palin and Indiana’s Mike Pence most recently filling that role.

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Until 1968, presidential candidates were picked by party conventions – a process revived by Biden’s withdrawal from race

President Joe Biden at the 2024 NATO Summit on July 11, 2024 in Washington, DC.
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Philip Klinkner , Hamilton College

Now that Joe Biden has dropped out of the 2024 presidential race and endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris to be the nominee, it will ultimately be up to Democratic National Convention delegates to formally select a new nominee for their party. This will mark the first time in over 50 years that a major party nominee was selected outside of the democratic process of primaries and caucuses.

Many Democrats had already begun discussing how to replace Biden. They worried that having the convention delegates, the majority of whom were pledged at first to Biden , select the nominee would appear undemocratic and illegitimate.

The Republican Speaker of the House has claimed that having the convention replace Biden would be “wrong” and “unlawful .” Others have conjured up the image of the return of the “smoke-filled room.” This term was coined in 1920 when Republican party leaders gathered in secret in Chicago’s Blackstone Hotel and agreed to nominate Warren G. Harding, a previously obscure and undistinguished U.S. senator from Ohio, for the presidency. He won that year, becoming a terrible president .

President Biden's statement on dropping out of the presidential race
President’s Biden statement on his intention to drop out of the presidential race, writing that it’s ‘in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down.’

The tradition of picking a nominee through primaries and caucuses – and not through what is called the “convention system ” – is relatively recent. In 1968, after President Lyndon B. Johnson announced he would not run for reelection, his vice president, Hubert Humphrey, was able to secure the Democratic nomination despite not entering any primaries or caucuses . Humphrey won because he had the backing of party leaders like Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, and these party leaders controlled the vast majority of the delegates.

Many Democrats saw this process as fundamentally undemocratic, so the party instituted a series of reforms that opened up the process by requiring delegates to be selected in primaries or caucuses that gave ordinary party members the opportunity to make that choice. The Republican Party quickly followed suit, and since 1972 both parties have nominated candidates in this way.

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In 1968, Hubert Humphrey got the Democratic presidential nomination – which he’s seen accepting here – despite not entering any primaries or caucuses.
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Some Democrats are worried that a new nominee, selected by the convention, will, like Humphrey, lack legitimacy since she or he will have secured the nomination without direct input from Democratic voters around the country.

In response, they’ve suggested what’s being called a “blitz primary ” in which Democratic voters will decide on a nominee after a series of televised candidate town halls hosted by politicians and celebrities like Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Taylor Swift.

From the perspective of a scholar who studies political parties and elections , this proposal seems like wishful thinking since there’s no mechanism for setting up a workable election process in such a short period of time. The usual process of primaries and caucuses takes months, if not years, of preparation.

Some good picks in the past

While many associate the convention system with less than impressive nominees, like Harding, the record isn’t that bad.

At the very first convention, held by the National Republicans – ancestors of today’s Republican Party – party leaders and insiders nominated Henry Clay for president. Although Clay lost to Andrew Jackson the following year, he is considered one of the greatest politicians of the 19th century.

The convention system in both parties went on to nominate Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy, all of whom were elected president. Of course, conventions also nominated lesser figures like Horatio Seymour, Alton Parker and John W. Davis.

But who’s to say that the current system has done any better to produce electable candidates?

Yes, there’s Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, but there have also been less successful candidates like George McGovern, and weaker presidents like Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush.

Furthermore, had the old system been in place this year, there’s a chance that the Democrats might have avoided their current predicament.

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In 1952, Tennessee Democratic Sen. Estes Kefauver was the favorite for the nomination. Party leaders didn’t want him and gave the nomination to Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson, left, with running mate Sen. John Sparkman, who was not even a candidate before the convention.
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A way to avert trouble

To the extent that Democratic Party leaders were aware of Biden’s decline, they might have been able to ease him out in favor of a better candidate – if they had been in control of the nominating process. In fact, party leaders in previous decades often knew more about the candidates than the public at large and could exercise veto power over anyone they thought had serious vulnerabilities.

For example, in 1952, U.S. Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee came into the Democratic National Convention the clear favorite in party-member polls. He also won the most primaries and had the most delegates.

Party leaders, however, had serious reservations about Kefauver since they considered him too much of a maverick who might alienate key Democratic constituencies. The party bosses also knew that Kefauver had problems with alcohol and extramarital affairs .

As a result, party leaders coalesced around Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson, who was not even a candidate before the convention started. Stevenson ran a losing but respectable race against the immensely popular and probably unbeatable Dwight D. Eisenhower . In addition, Stevenson’s eloquence and intelligence inspired a generation of Democratic Party activists. Not bad for a last-minute convention choice.

With Biden’s withdrawal, it remains to be seen if the new Democratic nominee will be a strong candidate or, if elected, a good president. But there’s no reason to think that this year’s unusual path to the nomination will have any effect on those outcomes.The Conversation

Philip Klinkner , James S. Sherman Professor of Government, Hamilton College

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MSNBC’s Joy Reid Warns Black People They’ll ‘Look Real Weird’ and ‘Crazy’ If They Refuse to Support Kamala Harris

Joy Reid Warns Black People They Need to Vote Kamala or They Look 'Real Weird'

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MSNBC’s Joy Reid warned Black voters this week they will look “real crazy” and “real weird” if they decide to support anyone but Vice President Kamala Harris in November.

Reid took to TikTok on issue to celebrate the “stratospheric entrance” of Harris into the presidential race following President Joe Biden stepping down from his reelection campaign.

“Given just the stratospheric entrance of Vice President Kamala Harris into the presidential campaign, and she has now secured enough delegates to become the nominee, you’re going to look real crazy being on the other side of that line, particularly as a person of color, but really as anyone who claims to have any connection to the culture,” Reid said.

Black voters and people who claim to “have any connection to that culture” will be “lonely” voting for someone over Harris, Reid continued.

“You’re going to look real weird and real lonely on that side. You’re really going to look crazy being on that side given the cultural phenomenon of Vice President Kamala Devi Harris,” she said. “She’s about to make history. She’s about to become the first woman president.”

Harris has not yet been officially nominated by the Democratic Party but, as Reid noted, she’s already secured the delegates needed to jump to the top of the ticket. Donald Trump has already secured his party’s nomination, and Reid also wants voters to cold shoulder others running, which includes independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., as well as Libertarian Chase Oliver, and Green Party’s Jill Stein.

Reid then took a brief shot at Amber Rose, a biracial model who spoke at the Republican National Convention last week. Reid said Rose “looked crazy over there” and the door should be “shut behind her.”

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It wasn’t the first time Reid targeted Rose, before covering her speech by saying she’s “not Black” and accusing her of being used by Republicans to score cheap points with young voters.

Rose snapped back at the MSNBC, accusing her of using her platform to race-bait.

“Hi @JoyAnnReid I’ve never said I wasn’t black I said I identify as biracial. I’m not going to invalid my white father to make you feel more comfortable. Stop being a race baiter ur president does enough race baiting for all of us,” Rose wrote .

During her speech, Rose pushed back against critics calling Trump “racist.”

“The truth is that the media has lied to us about Donald Trump. I know this because for a long time, I believed those lies,” she said .

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More Coalescing Around Harris [Updated]

Vice President Kamala Harris attends a meeting with President Joe Biden and their “Investing in America” Cabinet to discuss the Administration’s economic agenda, Friday, May 5, 2023, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
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Governor Newsom has endorsed:

Via Reuters: Exclusive: All 50 Democratic party US state chairs back Harris -sources .

Via Time: Here’s Who Has Endorsed Kamala Harris for President So Far .

Via the Miami Herald: These Florida Democrats have already lined up behind Kamala Harris .


The bottom line is that you can’t have a fight if there are no competitors. If enough people rally around Harris in the next day or so, any would-be challenger would have to decide how much of the party it wants to fight with to get a job which would require uniting the party.

Side note: I think this Politico headline is misleading: Obama endorses open nominating process while Clintons endorse Harris . What Obama said was, “I have extraordinary confidence that the leaders of our party will be able to create a process from which an outstanding nominee emerges.” Now, I think one could argue that times such as these dictate that Obama probably ought to be a little less diplomatic and a bit more direct, and soon. This is the time for a neutral, “above it all” stance. If the Democrats (and Never Trump Republicans and independents) want to defeat Trump, they are going to need to be all in and quickly.


Will a Harris presidency look different from a Biden presidency? 

Now that President Joe Biden has stood down and endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris , her candidacy must be endorsed by the Democratic National Committee. If she wins the 2024 presidential race, how will her presidency differ from that of Biden?  

To answer this question, we must look at the record and what Harris has said to date.  

The economy 

Dogged by worldwide inflation , President Biden has still achieved impressive economic results during his term. Whether they are a result of strong post-pandemic demand or the many bipartisan bills Biden has introduced, the numbers on job growth are remarkable .  

The Economist produced a series of charts that demonstrate this. They show manufacturing and construction booming, higher wages, infrastructure rebuilds and a diverse energy platform. 

Harris is unlikely to change a winning formula. However, expect continued legislative attacks on bad corporate conduct and more access for small businesses .  


Immigration at the southern border has increased exponentially as people flee corruption and climate change in Latin America. Most immigrants are from Central America; the leading three countries are Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala, but refugees from South America (mainly Venezuela) and Asia are increasing.  

Corruption and recession also drive migration. The recession in China has badly hurt Chinese middle-class workers. Some of them pay traffickers to guide them to the U.S. border.  

After a bipartisan bill to manage immigration at the border was rejected by the U.S. House of Representatives, President Biden enacted an executive order on immigration , based on the bill. 

Expect Kamala Harris, who in July 2024 said “our immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed,” to sustain that order and seek to reshape the bipartisan bill. 

Crime and guns 

Despite all the sky-screaming headlines from far-right media, violent crime rates are much lower than they were in the 1990s. According to the FBI, crime decreased in 2023 , including murder (down 13.2 percent) and violent crime (down 5.7 percent).  

Biden’s main answer to crime is to get people working. As John Roman of the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives concluded, “the reason crime has declined so much in 2023 is because local governments have mainly returned to normal.” 

Expect Kamala Harris to continue the same policies, but with an emphasis on issues such as racial profiling  and gun violence. Because of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution , which guarantees the right to keep and bear arms, she likely will lean on executive orders to enact change, as her predecessor has done. An assault weapons ban could be in the cards as well, after Harris, herself a licensed handgun owner , expressed support for one in 2023. 

Energy and the environment 

In 2020, Joe Biden ran for president on the most ambitious climate action platform in U.S. history. Then, in 2022 he signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act, investing hundreds of billions of dollars into clean energy, electric vehicles and environmental justice.  

Kamala Harris has comprehensively supported Biden in this, and in April 2019 she said that she wanted to go further and introduce a carbon tax on oil producers and ban shale fracking.  


Thousands of Republican women get abortions every year. In 2019, according to the CDC, 30 percent of those who got an abortion voted for Donald Trump. Yet, after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade , which protected the right to abortion, 14 states invoked new limits on abortions — some to as little as six weeks (many women do not know they are pregnant at 6 weeks) and often ignoring provision for incest and rape. 

Joe Biden has been cautious in his approach to the abortion issue, not wishing to directly challenge the Supreme Court ruling. In reality he has few options. An attempt to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act stalled in the Senate.  

Biden’s administration did issue a rule in April 2024 aimed at strengthening privacy protections for women seeking abortions, which bans the disclosure of protected health information related to reproductive health. 

Expect Kamala Harris to be aggressive on the issue , and to mention it everywhere she campaigns in the U.S.  

Senate and the House 

After 50 years in the Senate, Biden is an experienced campaigner who’s managed to pass 251 bipartisan bills . Much of this has to do with his long-term relationships with congressional power players such as Mitch McConnell and Joe Manchin. Though Harris does not have the same political clout on Capitol Hill, she has built up allies in the last four years — assisted in no small part by her affable husband, Doug Emhoff .  


President Biden by nature is risk averse in dealing with foreign nations. As articulated by Heritage Foundation expert James Jay Carafano, “the Biden administration prefers soft power (e.g., diplomacy and foreign aid) over hard power (e.g., use of military force and punitive economic sanctions), and [tries] to rely on international norms and international institutions to mitigate national behavior.” 

In February 2024 Harris said, “Our sacred commitment to NATO remains ironclad”; expect her to continue the Biden legacy. She will inherit the capable Biden team of Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Llyod Austin.  

In a political international environment where younger leaders are being elected, Harris is the right fit. However, gender perspective always plays a part. For example, 68 percent of Canadian women have a positive view of Harris , while only 51 percent of Canadian men say the same. Significant differences between male and female views appear in Singapore, Australia, Italy, Malaysia, Sweden and the Netherlands. 

Of course, a degree of misogyny also exists in America — women in leadership roles are often judged harder than men

Patrick Drennan is a journalist based in New Zealand, with a degree in American history and economics.    

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Cartoon: Ad-vance-ing an extreme agenda

Vance has, in fact, endorsed a national ban in plainer language than this. Rolling Stone reports he said  the following in a 2022 podcast interview:

“I certainly would like abortion to be illegal nationally,” Vance said in the episode, explaining why regulating abortion at the state level wouldn’t work. “Let’s say Roe v. Wade is overruled,” he said. “Ohio bans abortion … you know, in let’s say 2024. And then, every day, George Soros sends a 747 to Columbus to load up disproportionately Black women to get them to go have abortions in California. And of course, the left will celebrate this as a victory for diversity.”

Not sure even where to begin with that

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