Trump called the reason for the exclusion of Russia from the G8

Trump called the reason for the exclusion of Russia from the G8

US President Donald Trump called Russia’s foreign policy victories the reason for her exclusion from the G8. RIA Novosti, 06/28/2020

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Biden accused trump of the betrayal of the us military

Biden accused trump of the betrayal of the us military

Former Vice-President of the United States and the most likely candidate in US presidents from Democratic party Joe Biden said that if the article in the New York Times about the… RIA Novosti, 28.06.2020



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WASHINGTON, 28 Jun – RIA Novosti. Former Vice-President of the United States and the most likely candidate in US presidents from Democratic party Joe Biden said that if the article in the New York Times about the contact of the Russian intelligence service with the Taliban is true, then the President of the United States Donald trump has betrayed the us military.
Previously, the newspaper the New York Times, citing anonymous us intelligence officials published an article in which it was alleged that Russian intelligence allegedly offered a reward associated with the Taliban militants for attacks on American soldiers in Afghanistan. No evidence was provided. The Russian Embassy in the United States demanded from the authorities an adequate response to the threats made to the diplomats because of false news about Russia and Afghanistan. The foreign Ministry called the media reports a fake.

Later radical movement “Taliban” has denied allegations that it had allegedly received funds from the military intelligence of the Russian Federation to carry out attacks in Afghanistan. The white house has called the note of the newspaper is inaccurate and claims that anything like intelligence reported no Trump.


The white house has questioned the reliability of data about Russia’s support of the Taliban

“I think the most awful shock of what was reported last night the New York Times. If based on the fact that the messages are authentic New York Times that U.S. intelligence has concluded that Russian military unit…. offered a reward extremist group in Afghanistan to kill our soldiers… if this newspaper article is true and the tramp for many months knew about this information… it’s beyond reasonable, it is a betrayal of the most sacred services, which are our military,” said Biden in the framework of a teleconference with representatives of the Latin American public, which was broadcast channel PBS.

Biden stressed that in this connection even more “monstrous” is that trump has offered Russia to take part in the “Big seven” that “(Russian President Vladimir) Putin is a great gift.”

“Never would I not wish the families of the military even in a nightmare to imagine that their President turns a blind eye to the fact that the head of their loved ones offer a reward,” summed up Biden.

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Trump called the only one, in his opinion, the condition of defeat in the elections

Trump called the only one, in his opinion, the condition of defeat in the elections

US President, Donald trump declared that they could lose in the upcoming November election only because Democrats introduced the practice of voting by mail. RIA Novosti, 19.06.2020



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When was the USA ever great?

In an emotion-charged mourning ceremony have taken family members, friends, civil rights activists and politicians bid farewell to the police violence killed Afro-Americans, George Floyd. At the ceremony to Floyd’s funeral, hundreds of guests took part on Tuesday in the Church “Fountain of Praise” in the Texas metropolis of Houston. In the Speeches of memories of “Big Floyd” as a father, brother, athlete and Mentor were summoned, but also with ardent Appeals against the unequal treatment of people with darker skin color. The designated presidential candidate of the opposition Democrats, Joe Biden, called in a video message, stepping up the fight against racism in the United States.

“He has changed the world,” said the democratic members of Al Green during the ceremony on Floyd, on 25. May in a brutal police operation had been killed. “And we will let the world know that he has made a difference.” Floyd’s crime was to be born black to have been. “George Floyd deserved the Dignity and respect that we are all people, simply because they are children of a common God.” Since Floyd’s death, demonstrations against racism and excessive police violence in America and many other countries.

The United States should not turn to the Problem of racism is longer in the back, asked Biden, in his during the funeral service and shown a video message. “Now is the time for justice for all races,” said the former Vice President.

Biden was not explicitly on the attitude of President Donald Trump to the protests and racism, while other speakers attacked the President in open. “Someone has said: ‘Making America great again,'” said Floyd’s niece, Brooke Williams under the terms of trump’s campaign slogan in 2016. “But when was America ever great?” There are no “hate crimes should be” more.

The well-known civil rights activist Al Sharpton accused Trump, a military operation against violent protesters face ready to threaten, but not a word about the “COP killer” to Floyd said. He had set the Signal that police officers in a misconduct, not a criminal have to fear legal consequences. The Pastor William Lawson said, in the fight against racism as the first the White house had to be “cleaned”.

Floyd’s brother Rodney was reminded of Georges modest life in a social housing settlement in the complex Cuney Homes in Houston. “But everyone is all over the world pay tribute to his memory. He will change the world,“ said Rodney.

Came to the funerals, relatives of other victims of police violence whose names have been during the protests known, including Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin.

Among the invited guests of honor of the Rapper Trae tha Truth, the police chief of the Houston Art Acevedo and mayor Sylvester Turner. The latter is provided with a promise that the amount jumped up in the hall of the collective: He would said a decree signed that the use of Strangleholds forbid in the police service in Houston, Turner.

To the three and a half hour funeral service for the “Big Floyd” loaded around 500 guests. The ceremony was accompanied by much Soul and Gospel music. Because of the Corona pandemic, the participants ‘ breath were wearing protective masks. Among them various celebrities such as actors Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, the film-maker Tyler Perry and the former Boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather were. According to media reports, Mayweather took on all the costs of the celebrations. In Houston, Floyd had spent most of his life. The funeral celebration in the Texan metropolis was the culmination of several days of public outpouring of Grief in a total of three cities.

After the service the coffin was brought in with Floyd Remains in a horse-drawn Carriage to the cemetery Houston Memorial Gardens. In the process, hundreds of people lined the route, shouting Floyd’s name. The Houston-born, Floyd should be buried, to the exclusion of the Public to the side of his mother. On Monday, thousands of people in Houston had taken leave of him.

Because of a suspected small counterfeit money crime in the big city of Minneapolis in the Northern state of Minnesota, police apprehended Floyd had died after a white officer had pressed almost nine minutes long, the knee on the back of the neck. In vain the 46-Year-old had complained that he could get no air. His desperate sentence “I can not breathe” around the world.

The police officer Derek Chauvin was released after the fact, arrested and taken to a “second degree murder” accused. The case, Floyd has given to demands for profound reforms in the American police a new boost.

Meanwhile, Trump said to a protester, who was injured by police officers is difficult, resulted in outrage. Trump wrote, without any evidence, in the short message service Twitter, at the 75-Year-old could be a “Antifa-provocateur”. “I looked at it, to me, he is harder than he was pushed.” The 75-Year-old had been pushed at an Anti-racism Demonstration in Buffalo, in the state of New York by two police officers down. He suffered a bleeding head injury.


2020 US primaries: New York area code canceled – politics

On November 3, 2020, the Americans will elect their new president. The Democrats started the primaries in early February with more than two dozen applicants. Little by little, all but ex-President Joe Biden withdrew their applications. In the summer, the Democrats want to officially elect their presidential candidate: the nomination party convention was originally scheduled for mid-July, but was postponed to mid-August due to the Corona crisis. On the Republican side, there is no serious competition with US President Donald Trump for the candidacy. An overview of all news and developments:

Democratic area code in New York canceled

Monday, April 27, 7:35 p.m .: The Democratic area code in New York has been canceled due to concerns about the spread of the corona virus. This was decided by the democratic members of the election board, according to US media. New York is the first US state to completely cancel the democratic primary – for the first time in its history. Numerous other states had already postponed their area codes. The area code in New York was originally supposed to take place at the end of April and was then postponed to June 23 due to the corona pandemic. Local and regional elections in the state of New York are scheduled to continue on June 23, and voters are encouraged to vote by postal vote if possible.

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Michael Bloomberg spent a billion dollars on his short campaign

Tuesday, April 21, 2:39 p.m .: Michael Bloomberg spent around one billion dollars (920 million euros) on his application for the presidential candidacy of the US Democrats within three months. This emerged on Monday from a report by the Election Commission (FEC) to fund the campaign up to and including March. The multi-billionaire and former mayor of New York funded his campaign himself and accepted no donations.

Bloomberg (78) left the race for candidacy in early March after disappointing results in the primaries after just over three months. He is one of the richest people in the world.

Biden wins area code in Wyoming after Sanders exit

Sunday, April 19, 10:07 p.m .: As the only remaining US Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden won the Wyoming area code as expected. The democratic party in the least populous state of the United States declared Biden the winner on Sunday with 72.2 percent of the vote. The left senator Bernie Sanders – who had withdrawn his candidacy on April 8 – came to 27.8 percent.

In Wyoming, there were only 14 votes for the Democratic nomination convention in August. Biden’s official freestyle as the party’s presidential candidate is expected there. Biden has almost won the party-internal race through Sanders withdrawal. However, Sanders wants to stay on the ballot papers for the remaining primaries and continue to collect delegate votes in order to at least secure content-related influence at the party conference in the summer.

For a nomination as a presidential candidate, the 1991 votes of the 3979 regular delegates are required at the Democratic Party Congress. According to calculations by the US television station CNN, Biden has already secured almost 1,300 delegate votes in the primaries.

Obama stands behind Biden in the US presidential race

Former US President Barack Obama has officially assured his former deputy Joe Biden of his support in the US presidential race. He is proud to recommend his friend Biden as president, Obama said in a video message posted on Twitter on Tuesday. Obama’s support should give Biden, the only remaining Democratic presidential candidate, a further boost. After the withdrawal of left-wing Senator Bernie Sanders, the 77-year-old is more or less a challenger to incumbent Donald Trump in the presidential election in early November – long before the primaries end.

Biden officially wins election in Wisconsin

Former Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden won his party’s area code last week in Wisconsin. The result was only allowed to be published on Monday after a judicial order. But it was just a formality anyway, because Biden’s internal rival Bernie Sanders had already announced the day after the election on April 7 that he would be out of the race. The area code in Wisconsin was the last in which Sanders had started.

The process of selecting the Democrats for their presidential candidate had been overshadowed by the Corona crisis in recent weeks. Several states postponed their primaries. It was held in Wisconsin despite great concerns. A court stopped an attempt by the Republicans to try to get a postponement there too.

Sanders supports Biden’s candidacy

Monday, April 13, 8:30 p.m .: Bernie Sanders supports the US presidential candidacy of his former democratic rival Joe Biden. “We need to band together to beat today’s most dangerous president,” Sanders wrote on Twitter and posted a joint online presence with bids. In the livestream on Monday, Sanders said: “I ask all Americans, I ask every Democrat, I ask every independent, I ask many Republicans to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I support.”

Sanders called for the prevention of Donald Trump’s re-election. “I will do everything I can to make this happen.”

Trump: “This is not an exit”

Thursday, April 9, 1:30 a.m .: The US President sees the withdrawal of left senator Bernie Sanders as half-hearted. “He didn’t really get out,” Trump said at the White House in Washington. Sanders is sticking to the votes he has received so far and wants to collect more in the next primaries. “This is not an exit,” said Trump. “It’s a strange thing that’s going on.”

Sanders had said Biden would be the party’s presidential candidate and they would stand together to defeat Trump. At the same time, he announced that he would remain on the ballot papers for the remaining primaries in order to continue collecting delegate votes and thus at least gain influence over the content at the big nomination party conference of the Democrats in the summer. Trump said he hoped disappointed Sanders supporters would vote for him now. (jsa)

Sanders addresses video messages to supporters

Wednesday, April 8, 7:50 p.m .: Bernie Sanders sent a video message to his supporters. The decision to withdraw was not an easy one, said the 78-year-old. It was a “difficult and painful” decision. “If I thought we had a viable way to be nominated, I would certainly continue the campaign, but it just isn’t there.” In the current crisis in the country, he could not continue with a clear conscience with a campaign that had no chance of victory. Sanders congratulated Biden. He was “a very decent man with whom I will work to advance our progressive ideas”. Biden will be the party’s presidential candidate and they will stand together to defeat Trump, he said. The struggle for more justice continues. Instead of an all-encompassing message of support for his previous opponent, Sanders thus sent the signal that he did not really trust Biden and the party establishment when it came to the course of the party. Biden expressed respect for Sanders’ step and at the same time reached out to him and his supporters. He was aware of how tough the decision was, said Biden. Sanders put the nation’s interests and the need to defeat Trump above everything else. (jsa)

Sanders leaves US presidential race

Wednesday, April 8, 5:30 p.m .: Bernie Sanders suspends his election campaign in the race for the Democratic presidential candidacy. This was announced by his campaign helpers on Wednesday in a press release. The Vermont senator announced his withdrawal from the election campaign on Wednesday, admitting that he was too far behind rival Joe Biden after the previous primaries. He is considered the likely Democratic candidate against President Donald Trump in the November presidential election. (jsa)

Area code in Wisconsin under chaotic conditions

Wednesday, April 8, 6:20 a.m .: Despite the corona epidemic in the United States, voters in Wisconsin on Tuesday voted who should stand for the Democrats against President Donald Trump. However, the two candidates, moderate ex-vice president Joe Biden and left senator Bernie Sanders, had rejected the choice because of the health risk. Governor Tony Evers ordered a last-minute postponement of the vote on Monday, but a court reversed his order.

The circumstances surrounding the vote were chaotic. Voters had to queue for hours on Tuesday, especially long waiting times in the metropolis of Milwaukee, where only five of 180 polling stations were open due to the corona pandemic. Many thousands more people decided to stay at home to avoid contact with others. Apparently there were problems with the delivery of the postal voting documents for those who wanted to vote from home. No rapid results were expected after the polling stations closed in the evening. Because all postal votes received by the authorities by April 13 still have to be included. According to a court ruling, the result of the area code should therefore not be published earlier than next Monday. (jsa)

Governor plans to move area code to Wisconsin

Monday, April 6, 8:20 p.m .: In the US state of Wisconsin, an area code is to be postponed in the race for the US presidency because of the corona virus. Governor Tony Evers ordered the postponement on Monday by two months to June 9. His decision is likely to be challenged in court. Evers had previously spoken out against postponing the vote originally planned for (tomorrow) Tuesday. But recently, there has been growing criticism of how the area code is supposed to take place at a time when health authorities are advising against gathering people. Dozens of polling stations were already closed anyway because election workers refused to go on site. (jsa)

Democrats postpone nomination party convention

Thursday, April 2, 6.30 p.m .: Because of the coronavirus crisis, the US Democrats postpone their presidential nomination convention, scheduled for July, by one month. The party convention should now take place in mid-August in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Democratic Party said. The meeting was originally scheduled for July 13-16. In view of the great uncertainty of the current situation, it is best to take additional time to continue to monitor the situation, it said. The security of the party participants and the people in Milwaukee is paramount.

At the party convention, the US Democrats want to officially elect their presidential candidate for the upcoming election in November 2020. Former US Vice President Joe Biden and left Senator Bernie Sanders are still in the running for nomination. Biden is clearly in the lead. However, due to the corona pandemic, the pre-selection process for the nomination of the candidate has largely stalled. (Saul)

The state of New York is also postponing the area code

Tuesday, March 31, 9.50 a.m .: Various primaries had been scheduled for March and April. However, due to the spread of the corona virus, at least eleven states have already postponed their area codes: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and now also New York. Other states have extended their postal voting deadlines – this is also delaying the process. As of now, several primaries have been moved to June 2. If it stays that way, that June-Tuesday would be a little “Super Tuesday”.

Postponing the main election date in November would be difficult. It is set by law, so it would need a US Congressional amendment that could be challenged before the courts. In addition, only a few weeks could be won in this way. Because the further schedule is laid down in the constitution and thus even more rigid: the start date for the new congress on January 3 and the inauguration of the president on January 20. (jael)

Gabbard closes her application

Thursday, March 19, 4:30 p.m .: Now it’s officially a duel: The last woman left in the candidate field, Tulsi Gabbard, has announced the end of her campaign. The 38-year-old Hawaiian MP shared their followers via Twitter with and announced that he would like to support Joe Biden in the future.

Gabbard announced her ambition to run early and was in the race for a total of 411 days. But behind the heavyweights in the field of applicants, she could not prevail. In the end, she was only able to win two delegate votes. (bix)

Biden wins primaries in Florida, Illinois and Arizona

Wednesday, March 18, 4:20 p.m .: Former US Vice President Joe Biden is predicted to win the Florida, Illinois, and Arizona primaries in the race for the Democrats’ US presidential nomination. Before that, Biden had previously won area codes in 16 other states.

In all three states, Biden had led the way in surveys. Now the pressure on Sanders to get out of the race should increase. Actually, voting should have been done in Ohio. However, due to the spread of the corona virus, the health authority had briefly ordered to keep the polling stations closed.

US President Donald Trump, who had no serious opponent, is set as a Republican candidate, according to the numbers after the Florida and Illinois primaries. With his victories there, he achieved more than the 1,276 delegate votes required for his nomination on Tuesday, according to the news agency AP.(jael)

Joe Biden receives protection from the Secret Service

Tuesday, March 17th, 5 p.m .: Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden now receives state protection. This was announced by the competent authority, the Secret Service. Biden’s code name at the Secret Service is said to be “Celtic,” CNN reports, citing two people familiar with the matter.

The candidate himself had asked for it after incidents at his campaign events. Among other things, two demonstrators stormed on stage during his speech in Los Angeles on “Super Tuesday”. Biden’s private security service and his wife Jill Biden had warded off the demonstrators.

The Secret Service is responsible for protecting the President, the Vice President, and their families, as well as senior government officials, in the United States. He is also empowered to protect key presidential candidates. Biden’s rival Bernie Sanders has so far not applied for protection. (gal)

US states are postponing primaries

Tuesday, March 17th: The U.S. states of Maryland and Ohio postpone the presidential election. The decision was made due to a health emergency caused by the corona virus threat, Ohio governor Mike DeWine said on Twitter. Previously, Louisiana, Georgia, and Kentucky had moved the area codes in their states because of the corona crisis. A new appointment is still pending. (bix, fie)

Ohio Area Code – Health authorities close polling stations

Tuesday, March 17th: The Ohio governor is opposing the planned US Democratic primary in his state. Department of Health director Amy Acton has signed an order to shut down polling stations, Mike DeWine said on Twitter. He had previously failed to have the primaries stopped in court. The area code was scheduled for Tuesday March 17, as well as in Arizona, Florida and Illinois. DeWine argued that the Ohio election should be postponed because of the risk of contracting the coronavirus in polling stations. He had approved the postponement to June 2, but not the authority to cancel the election, as he said on Monday. (jael)

Biden also wins Democratic primary in Washington

Tuesday, March 17th: Former US Vice President Joe Biden won alongside four other states in Washington’s Democratic primary last week. Biden has a slight lead over Senator Bernie Sanders, it said from an official body. The election had already taken place on March 10, but it had taken just under a week for the votes to be counted. Sanders had hoped to win in Washington. In 2016 he won there clearly ahead of his then competitor Hillary Clinton. Biden had also won in Missouri, Mississippi, Michigan and Idaho last Tuesday. Sanders won in North Dakota. (jael)

Louisiana postpones primaries for corona virus

Friday, March 13: The U.S. state of Louisiana is postponing the Republican and Democratic area codes ahead of the US presidential election because of the spread of the corona virus. Instead of April 4, they are now scheduled to take place on June 20 to ensure maximum turnout, the head of the electoral agency, Kyle Ardoin, said on Friday. The spread of Covid-19 lung disease is an “unprecedented threat”. Louisiana is the first state to postpone primary coronavirus primaries. Elections are scheduled for Tuesday in Florida, Arizona, Illinois and Ohio.

The number of people infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus is also increasing in the United States. According to the CDC health agency, the number of coronavirus cases is more than 1,600. More than 40 deaths have been recorded. There should be a high number of unreported cases because comparatively few tests have been carried out to date. (Saul)

Trump stops entry from the Schengen area

Thursday, March 12: To address the coronavirus in the United States, President Trump prohibits entry into the United States from many European countries. He blames Europeans for the spread of the virus. But the problem is that Trump ignores the virus crisis in his own country so bluntly, comments Torsten Denkler. He wants to win an election in autumn and therefore has nothing to do with the virus. As so often, Trump places his own interest above the well-being of the country. He could therefore be responsible for many deaths. (Saul)

Sanders wants to stay in the race despite new defeats

Wednesday, March 11th: The election evening was “obviously not a good night for our campaign,” said candidate Bernie Sanders after the “Super Tuesday II”. Still, he won’t give up. On Sunday, he wants to face his competitor for the presidential candidacy, Joe Biden, in the Democrats’ first one-on-one TV debate.

He wanted to take the opportunity to make the distinction between the two candidates clear, Sanders said. Although he had “won the ideological debate”, he was “losing the electoral debate”. Many followers would have told him that they agreed with him on many points. However, they are not convinced that he can persist in the presidential election against Trump.

Sanders turned directly to Biden. “Joe, what are you going to do?” He asked again and again, linking campaign issues such as health care reform, equality of income or mass detention. This can be understood as an indication that Sanders will withdraw if Biden approaches Sanders in terms of content. Primaries will be held in Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio next Tuesday. A total of 577 delegate votes are cast in the four elections. Biden currently leads with 837 votes, ahead of Sanders with 689 votes. (cleric)

Sanders wins in North Dakota

Wednesday, March 11th: The presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won the minor state of North Dakota in the primaries. He received more than 53 percent of the votes there, Biden only about 38 percent. Elizabeth Warren accounted for 2.5 percent. Warren was out of the race last week. Voters who voted by postal vote could still vote beforehand.

Biden won in the major area code of Michigan as well as Idaho, Missouri and Mississippi. Washington has not yet been fully counted. In the state in the northwest, Sanders and Biden were head to head on Wednesday afternoon. (cck)

Biden also wins in the important US state of Michigan

Wednesday, March 11th: Former US Vice President Joe Biden is predicted to win in the key presidential state of Michigan in the presidential race of the US Democrats. The poll in Michigan – an industrialized country in the US Midwest – was considered an important indicator of the strength of the candidates at the race. It is about the votes of 125 delegates for the Democrats’ nomination convention in July – most of the delegate votes to be given on Tuesday in primary elections in a total of six states.

Biden was also forecast to win in the states of Mississippi and Missouri on Tuesday. His win in Michigan gives Biden a special boost – and means a bitter setback for Sanders. Sanders had focused his campaign over the past few days on the vote-weighty state of Michigan, where he won in the 2016 primaries. Michigan was “very, very important” for the race, Sanders had admitted at the weekend, but at the same time emphasized that he would not give up in the event of a defeat in Michigan. (jael)

Sanders and Biden cancel campaign appearances due to corona virus

Tuesday, March 10th: The corona virus also has ramifications for the US presidential campaign. Left Senator Sanders and ex-Vice President Biden canceled scheduled campaign appearances in the US state of Ohio for this Tuesday evening (local time). This would heed the state’s warnings of large indoor events, said Sanders’ campaign team spokesman Mike Casca. At all future campaign events, decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, the campaign team said. The cancellations fell on an important day in the race for the presidential candidacy: primary elections were held this Tuesday in six states. (Saul)

Ex-candidate Harris supports Biden

Sunday, March 8th: Former Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, like other former allies, has the former US Vice President Joe Biden expressed their support. Harris said on Sunday that there was no one better than Biden to steer the country through turbulent times and restore truth, honor and decency to the Oval Office. Biden is good-natured, caring and listens to the American people, said the African-American politician. This will give Biden another boost shortly before the next major round of primaries. Previously, Pete Buttigieg, Michael Bloomberg and Amy Klobuchar, who had also dropped out, had called on their supporters to support Biden.

Most recently, Elizabeth Warren had withdrawn from the competition. So far, however, she has expressly left open whether she wants to recommend her supporters to vote for Sanders or Biden. Sanders told CNN on Sunday he would like Warren’s support. The 78-year-old was self-confident and said he saw himself as the strongest candidate to defeat incumbent Donald Trump in the November presidential election. However, Sanders made it clear that he would support Biden if he was nominated as a candidate – and Biden would support him if he won. The primary goal is to beat Trump.

Warren gets out

Thursday, March 5: Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign, according to several US media. The Massachusetts senator, with her more left-wing program, targeted voters groups similar to Bernie Sanders, but underperformed her expectations in the previous primaries. Even in her home state, she was only third behind Biden and Sanders on Super Tuesday. With her departure, Tulsi Gabbard is now the last remaining woman in the applicant field. However, she has fewer chances than Warren.

Joe Biden warns of a negative election campaign among Democrats

Wednesday, March 4th: After his winning streak in the primaries, former US Vice President Joe Biden warned his competitors about the presidential candidacy of the US Democrats against a destructive election campaign. “We cannot allow these primaries to turn into a campaign of negative attacks in the coming weeks,” said Biden in Los Angeles on Wednesday. That would only benefit President Donald Trump, said Biden. He wanted to overcome the division in the United States.

The only serious competitor Bidens is now the left Senator Bernie Sanders (78). Also in the running are Senator Elizabeth Warren (70), who has little realistic chance of being nominated, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (38), who has no chance. Sanders said on Wednesday in Vermont about the upcoming duel with Biden: “I like Joe. He’s a decent guy.” Sanders also did not want the election campaign to drift off into personal attacks. “This is the last thing the country wants.” Sanders emphasized, however, that there were major differences in content between him and Biden, for example in health policy. “This is a competition of ideas,” he said. It is about different visions for the country. The next primaries in six other U.S. states will take place next Tuesday. (mxm)

Bloomberg gives up

Wednesday, March 4th: The billionaire Michael Bloomberg gets out of the race for the Democratic presidential candidacy. This was announced by his campaign staff on Wednesday. He will now support former Vice President Joe Biden, the statement said. “I will work to make him the next president of the United States.” On “Super Tuesday”, on which 14 US states voted, Bloomberg had only been able to book the American suburb of American Samoa. The ex-mayor of New York was on the ballot papers for the first time.

Biden triumphs on Super Tuesday

Wednesday, March 4th: The US Democratic presidential nomination narrows to a duel between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. The two fared the best on the most important pre-election day “Super Tuesday”. Especially the almost depreciated ex-vice president Biden took off. The 77-year-old, who stands for the moderate camp, celebrated surprisingly important victories in nine of the 14 states in which elections were held on Tuesday. But the previous leader Sanders from the left wing of the party was also successful and was first in California after the first counts, which will send most delegates to the nomination party convention.

Amy Klobuchar gets out

Monday, March 2nd: Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar will not participate in further Democratic primary, media reports. Instead, she will support the candidacy of Joe Biden, on whose side she already wanted to campaign on Monday. The moderate politician saw Bernie Sanders as a dangerous socialist. In New Hampshire she achieved a remarkable third place. However, their campaign lacked the necessary donations to keep up with the other candidates. It was also the fear of Sanders’ success that has now moved the moderate candidate group. Without Buttigieg, Steyer and Klobuchar, moderate Democrats in the primaries can now focus entirely on Biden or Bloomberg. (cleric)

Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer end presidential campaigns

Monday, March 2nd: Former South Bend, Democratic Mayor of Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, ends his presidential campaign. “The truth is that the road to our candidacy, but not our cause, has come to an end,” Buttigieg told supporters in his hometown South Bend on Sunday evening. After strong results in the first two primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire, Buttigieg had two disappointing results in Nevada, where he finished third, and last Saturday in South Carolina. Buttigieg only finished fourth behind the clear winner Joe Biden, second-placed Bernie Sanders and Californian billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer had already announced the end of his campaign immediately after the area code on Saturday. (mxm)

Joe Biden wins in South Carolina

Sunday, March 1st: The former Vice President under Barack Obama has won the great hoped-for and necessary victory in South Carolina. After counting 86 percent of all votes, he won 48.4 percent of the delegate votes. Bernie Sanders, who leads the national polls with a clear lead in the field of democratic applicants, came in second with just under 30 percentage points. He comes to 19.9 percent. Biden’s clear victory is somewhat surprising. He had been disappointing in the previous primaries. Recent surveys indicated a much tighter result.

The billionaire Tom Steyer got out of the race on election night. Er holte zwar einen achtbaren dritten Platz. Seine 11,4 Prozent sind aber offenbar nicht genug, um ihm ausreichenden Schwung für den Super Tuesday am 3. März zu geben. In nationalen Umfragen erreicht er lediglich 2,1 Prozent. Pete Buttigieg kam mit 8,1 Prozent auf Rang vier. Elizabeth Warren erreichte lediglich Rang fünf mit 7,0 Prozent. Amy Klobuchar erreicht mit 3,2 Prozent Rang sechs. Vor allem Warren und Klobuchar werden sich jetzt fragen müssen, ob sie weitermachen wollen. Warren, Senatorin aus Massachusetts hat ein ähnliches Programm wie Sanders, konnte ihm aber bisher in keiner der jetzt vier Vorwahlen gefährlich werden. Klobuchar, moderate Senatorin aus Minnesota hingegen kann sich nur dann Chancen ausrechnen, wenn Biden schwächelt. Danach sieht es jetzt nicht mehr aus. (kler)

Coronavirus könnte Sanders im Wahlkampf helfen

Freitag, 28. Februar: Auch in den USA wird verstärkt über das Coronavirus diskutiert. Die weltweite Krise könnte bei den Demokraten dem in Führung liegenden Sanders in die Karten spielen, sagt Analyst Jochen Stanzl vom Online-Broker CMC Markets. Sanders tritt für eine allgemeine staatliche Krankenversicherung und höhere Steuern für Reiche ein. Analysten gehen davon aus, dass bei einem Wahlsieg Sanders’ Aktienkurse unter Druck geraten könnten. “Mit Sanders könnte der Sonderweg der Vereinigten Staaten (im Vergleich zur Mehrheit der westlichen Demokratien) im Bereich der Sozialpolitik beendet werden”, befindet Ulrich Leuchtmann, Devisenexperte bei der Commerzbank. Das könnte die USA weniger attraktiv für internationale Investoren machen. Im Rennen um die US-Präsidentschaftskandidatur der Demokraten wird am Samstag im Bundesstaat South Carolina die vierte Vorwahl abgehalten. (saul)

Erdrutschsieg für Sanders in Nevada, Biden auf Platz zwei

Montag, 24. Februar: Bernie Sanders hat seine Rolle als faktischer Frontrunner der Demokraten durch einen deutlichen Sieg bei den Vorwahlen in Nevada gefestigt. Der linke Senator gewann mit 47,1 Prozent aller Stimmen deutlich vor Joe Biden, der 21 Prozent der Wähler von sich überzeugen konnte. Auf Platz drei kommt Pete Buttigieg mit 13,7 Prozent der Stimmen. Damit entfallen auf Sanders 24 Delegierte, Biden bekommt neun und Buttigieg drei. Sanders führt damit vor dem Super Tuesday am 3. März deutlich vor Buttigieg und Biden. Für die kommende Vorwahl in South Carolina sehen die Umfragen den ehemaligen Vizepräsidenten Biden vorne. (bix)

Russland unterstützt in den Vorwahlen angeblich Sanders

Freitag, 21. Februar: Die Sanders-Kampagne teilte am Freitag mit, dass sie von US-Offiziellen vor etwa einem Monat über Russlands Versuche informiert wurde, den US-Senator im Vorwahlkampf der Demokraten zu unterstützen. Erst vor wenigen Tagen war berichtet, worden, dass Russland versuche, Trump bei seiner Wiederwahl zu helfen. The New York Times zufolge halten es einige aktuelle und ehemalige Mitarbeiter der US-Behörden für möglich, dass die Unterstützung Russlands für Sanders im Vorwahlkampf der Demokraten letztlich auch Trump helfen soll. Das Kalkül demnach: Sanders sei für Trump bei der Präsidentschaftswahl im Herbst ein leichterer Gegner als moderate Demokraten. Auch im Wahlkampf 2016 hatten russische Social-Media-Wahlkämpfer dem Mueller-Report zufolge die Anweisung, der Sanders-Kampagne zumindest nicht zu schaden. US-Präsident Trump hatte die Berichte über neuerliche russische Hilfe für seinen Wahlkampf als “weitere Lügengeschichte der Demokraten” bezeichnet. Sanders nannte den russischen Präsidenten in einer Mitteilung am Freitag einen “autokratischen Schuft” und warnte ihn davor, sich in dem US-Wahlkampf einzumischen. (mxm)

Bloomberg geht wegen angeblich sexistischer Äußerungen in Offensive

Freitag, 21. Februar: Unter wachsendem Druck wegen angeblich sexistischer Äußerungen geht der demokratische Präsidentschaftsbewerber Mike Bloomberg in den USA in die Offensive: Der Milliardär bot am Freitag an, Verschwiegenheitserklärungen seines Konzerns mit drei Frauen aufzuheben, damit diese über seine angeblichen Bemerkungen Auskunft geben könnten. Wegen der Verschwiegenheitserklärungen war Bloomberg bei einer Fernsehdebatte am vergangenen Mittwoch von seinen demokratischen Mitbewerbern scharf angegriffen worden. Die Senatorin Elizabeth Warren forderte Bloomberg auf, alle Frauen, die öffentlich über ihre Vorwürfe gegen ihn reden wollten, aus den Vereinbarungen zu entlassen. Bloomberg hatte diese Forderung in der Debatte noch zurückgewiesen. “Sie haben diese Vereinbarungen unterschrieben, und wir werden damit leben”, hatte Bloomberg geantwortet. Das Publikum hatte Bloomberg daraufhin ausgebuht. (mxm)

Bloomberg wird bei TV-Debatte scharf attackiert

Donnerstag, 20. Februar: Die Konkurrenten des Milliardärs haben sich auf das erste Aufeinandertreffen mit ihm im TV offenbar besser vorbereitet als Bloomberg selber. So warf ihm Elizabeth Warren Sexismus vor und dass er Frauen mit Verschwiegenheits-Übereinkommen mundtot gemacht hätte. Er weiß darauf wenig Antworten. Doch Warren greift nicht nur ihn an, sondern auch Bernie Sanders und Pete Buttigieg, berichtet Thorsten Denkler. (bix)

Michael Bloomberg erstmals für TV-Debatte qualifiziert

Donnerstag, 19. Februar: Der US-Präsidentschaftsbewerber und Milliardär Michael Bloomberg nimmt an diesem Mittwoch (nach deutscher Zeit in die Nacht auf Donnerstag) bei einer Fernsehdebatte mit anderen demokratischen Bewerbern teil. Bloomberg war erst spät in den Wahlkampf eingestiegen und will sich erstmals am Super Tuesday zur Wahl stellen. Am 3. März wählen 15 Staaten und die Demokraten im Ausland gleichzeitig. Eine US-weite Umfrage sieht Bloomberg derzeit mit 19 Prozent Unterstützung auf dem zweiten Platz hinter Sanders mit 31 Prozent. (cck)

Bennet und Yang geben auf

Mittwoch, 12. Februar: Unmittelbar nach Abschluss der zweiten Vorwahl im Rennen um die Präsidentschaftskandidatur der US-Demokraten haben zwei weitere Bewerber das Handtuch geworfen. Nach der Schließung der Wahllokale in New Hampshire erklärte der Unternehmer Andrew Yang, die absehbaren Resultate seien “nicht das Ergebnis, für das wir so hart gekämpft haben”. Es gebe derzeit keinen Weg mehr für ihn, sich die Kandidatur der Partei zu sichern, erklärte Yang vor Unterstützern.

Auch Michael Bennet gab seinen Rückzug bekannt. Der 55-jährige Senator aus Colorado hatte gehofft, sich bei der zweiten Vorwahl von den anderen moderaten Kandidaten Biden, Buttigieg und Klobuchar absetzen zu können. Beide, Yang und Bennet, erklärten, sie würden den siegreichen Kandidaten der Demokraten unterstützen, um Donald Trump ablösen zu können.

Am Mittwoch stieg auch der frühere Gouverneur von Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, aus. Er war der letzte afroamerikanische Politiker im Bewerberfeld gewesen, das jetzt noch acht Politikerinnen und Politiker umfasst. (bix)

Sanders siegt in New Hampshire

Mittwoch, 12. Februar: Im Falle von New Hampshire erweisen sich die Prognosen und Umfragen vor der Vorwahl als korrekt: Bernie Sanders hat die Primary in dem Ostküstenstaat für sich entschieden, allerdings nur mit einem knappen Vorsprung. Nach Auszählung von 90 Prozent aller Stimmen lag Sanders knapp 1,5 Prozent vor Pete Buttigieg, der eine Woche zuvor die Vorwahl in Iowa für sich entschieden hatte. Damit gehen neun Delegiertenstimmen an jeweils beide Kandidaten. An Platz drei steht Amy Klobuchar, die noch sechs Delegierte für sich gewinnen kann. Die mitfavorisierten Elizabeth Warren und Joe Biden gehen leer aus. (bix)

Team Sanders verlangt Teilprüfung der Iowa-Ergebnisse

Montag, 10. Februar: Iowa wird voraussichtlich 14 nationale Delegierte für Pete Buttigieg zum Nominierungsparteitag im Sommer entsenden – zwei mehr als für den linken Senator Bernie Sanders. Das geht aus weiteren Ergebnissen hervor, die die Demokratische Partei in Iowa am Sonntag veröffentlichte. Sanders werde zwölf Delegierte erhalten, die drittplatzierte Elizabeth Warren acht, der ehemalige Vizepräsident Joe Biden sechs und Amy Klobuchar einen einzigen.

Ein offizielles Endergebnis gibt es nachwievor nicht. Das Team von Sanders will eine Teilprüfung der Ergebnisse verlangen. Bei dem Prozedere handelt es sich nicht um eine Neuzählung. Vielmehr wird dabei die Stimmenauszählung geprüft, um sicherzustellen, dass einzelne Resultate richtig addiert wurden. (saul)

Kein endgültiges Ergebnis in Iowa

Freitag, 7. Februar: Vier Tage nach dem ersten Caucus der US-Vorwahlen gibt es in Iowa immer noch keinen eindeutigen Gewinner. Das hat zweierlei Gründe: Zum einen gab es technische Probleme bei einer App der Demokraten, die das Auszählen vereinfachen sollte, es aber noch viel komplizierter gemacht hat, weswegen bei der kommenden Vorwahl in Nevada wieder das althergebrachte Verfahren eingesetzt wird. Zum anderen gibt es – kaum zu glauben – in einem Bezirk immer noch kein finales Ergebnis. Bernie Sanders und Pete Buttigieg sehen sich zudem beide als Sieger der Vorwahl. Nun gibt es Stimmen, die eine Neuauszählung fordern, doch auch das ist kompliziert. Nach derzeitigem Stand käme Buttigieg auf 13 Delegiertenstimmen, Sanders auf 11, Elizabeth Warren auf sieben und Joe Biden auf 5. Das kann sich aber auch noch ändern. (bix)

Republikanischer Präsidentschaftsbewerber Walsh beendet Kampagne

Freitag, 7. Februar: Der frühere US-Kongressabgeordnete Joe Walsh steigt aus dem Rennen um die Präsidentschaftskandidatur der Republikaner aus. “Ich beende meine Kampagne, aber unser Kampf gegen die Sekte von Trump hat erst begonnen”, erklärte der konservative Radio-Moderator am Freitag auf Twitter. Er sei entschlossen, alles zu tun, um Trump im November zu schlagen. Walsh hatte bei der ersten Vorwahl der Republikaner in Iowa Anfang der Woche wie Trumps anderer Konkurrent Bill Weld lediglich etwas mehr als ein Prozent der Stimmen bekommen. (saul)

Buttigieg liegt in Iowa knapp vor Sanders

Freitag, 7. Februar: Drei Tage nach der Wahl sind die Wahlbezirke komplett ausgezählt. Der frühere Bürgermeister Pete Buttigieg hält seinen knappen Vorsprung vor dem linken Senator Bernie Sanders, wie aus den Zahlen hervorgeht, die die Demokratische Partei veröffentlichte. Auf dem dritten Platz liegt die Senatorin Elizabeth Warren, dahinter auf einem schwachen vierten Platz der frühere Vizepräsident Joe Biden, der auf nationaler Ebene als Favorit gilt. Nach der Wahl am Montag gab es Probleme mit der Auszählung. Die Ergebnisse können noch angefochten werden. Der Fernsehsender CNN will nach eigenen Angaben erst nach dieser Frist am Freitag einen Sieger küren und auch erst dann, wenn es keinen Antrag auf Überprüfung gibt. (cck)

Wahlchaos bei den Demokraten

Dienstag, 4. Februar: Im US-Bundesstaat Iowa haben Republikaner und Demokraten über ihre Wunschkandidaten für die Präsidentschaftswahlen im Herbst abgestimmt. Bei den Republikanern gewann klar Präsident Donald Trump, allerdings auch ohne ernstzunehmenden Gegenkandidaten. Bei den Demokraten stehen die Ergebnisse auch Stunden nach den Abstimmungen noch nicht fest. Bei der Übermittlung soll es große Pannen gegeben haben. Mehr Informationen zur Vorwahl in Iowa. (saul)

Duell beim Super Bowl

Montag, 3. Februar: Es ist eines der größten Fernsehereignisse der Welt: der alljährliche Super Bowl, das Endspiel der Football-Liga NFL. 100 Millionen Amerikaner schauen zu, 30 Sekunden TV-Werbung kosten 5,6 Millionen Dollar. In diesem Jahr spielten auf dem Rasen die Kansas City Chiefs gegen die San Francisco 49ers. Und in der Werbepause kämpfte Donald Trump gegen Michael Bloomberg. Nachdem der Milliardär Bloomberg für zehn Millionen Dollar Sendezeit für seinen Wahlwerbespots eingekauft hatte, zog Trump nach. Für Bloomberg, der spät ins Kandidatenrennen der Demokraten eingestiegen ist, war es sicher ein wichtiger Moment. Wie das Duell der Politiker ausgeht, wird sich natürlich erst im Laufe des Jahres entscheiden. Auf dem Rasen jedenfalls gewann Kansas City. (ghe)

Delaney zieht sich aus dem Rennen zurück

Freitag, 31. Januar: Der ehemalige Abgeordnete John Delaney, hat seine Bewerbung zurückgezogen. Er gab für die Kandidatur sein Amt im Repräsentantenhaus auf, wo er die Bürger im 6. Wahlbezirk von Maryland vertrat und eher als Hinterbankler galt. Zuvor war Delaney Geschäftsmann, der zwei Unternehmen mitgründete, die es bis an die New Yorker Börse schafften. Er gehört zum Parteiestablishment, seine Kandidatur verlief eher unspektakulär. (cck)

Kampf zwischen den Demokraten und gegen Trump

Montag, 27. Januar: Während das Rennen zwischen den Demokraten in den landesweiten Umfragen enger wird, verfolgen die bereits gewählten Demokraten im Kongress in Washington ein Projekt: Das Impeachment gegen US-Präsident Trump. Die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass die erforderliche Zweidrittel-Mehrheit im Senat zustande kommt, ist sehr gering, doch ein Ziel versuchen die Demokraten dennoch zu erreichen: Die aus ihrer Sicht unlauteren und unrechtmäßigen Handlungen des Präsidenten vor den Wählern offenzulegen und ihm so im Hinblick auf die Wahlen am 3. November zu schaden. Dabei hilft ihnen auch, dass Trumps ehemaliger Nationaler Sicherheitsberater John Bolton plant, ein Buch zu veröffentlichen, dessen Inhalt den Präsidenten im Bezug auf die Ukraine-Affäre schwer belastet. (bix)

Letztes TV-Duell vor den Vorwahlen

Mittwoch, 15. Januar: Knapp zwei Wochen vor dem Beginn der ersten Vorwahlen in Iowa trafen die Bewerber der Demokraten noch einmal vor laufender Kamera aufeinander. Dabei fehlte allerdings Michael Bloomberg, der auch erst beim Super Tuesday zur Wahl stehen wird. Nachdem sich Bernie Sanders und Elizabeth Warren bei den Diskussionen im Herbst noch schonten, attackierten sie sich nun erstmals direkt. Dabei dominierte die Frage, ob eine Frau überhaupt in der Lage sei, US-Präsident Trump ernsthaft herauszufordern. Warren entzog sich dieser Diskussion und verteilte stattdessen Spitzen gegen Sanders und Biden. (bix)


Dr. Trump’s recipes scare America

A hidden Congress who votes almost unanimously for hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies, a president who suggests injecting bleach into the lungs and a Democratic candidate locked in his basement who warns by video against an indefinite postponement of the presidential election. Begun in an unreal atmosphere of political fiction, Trump’s mandate risks ending in that, tragicomically, of a catastrophic film.

Locked in the White House, deprived of visits and travel, surrounded by televisions, Trump made the daily press conference devoted to the virus his main means of communication with the Americans. Every day at the end of the afternoon, surrounded by his collaborators and his medical advisers, the president gives a strange television show, a mixture of information on the situation and a press conference with broken sticks interspersed with personal comments and foucades. Without preparation or script, the session regularly takes unexpected turns, between political declarations by the president, digressions sometimes eccentric and acrimonious exchanges with journalists.

Would it be possible to give an injection inside the body for cleaning, since you see, it attacks the lungs … It sounds interesting

Donald trump

On Thursday, the American president extrapolated on the possibility of destroying the Covid-19 inside the body by ultraviolet or household cleaning products. After Bill Bryan, Undersecretary for Homeland Security, presented the results of a study into the lifespan of the Covid-19, highlighting its vulnerability to humidity, heat, ultraviolet light, and also to disinfectants like bleach or household alcohol, Trump has made some comments on the subject. “I asked a question that many of you are asking and which seems interesting to me … Suppose we direct a very strong light inside the body … through the skin or in some other way?”, suggested the President. “And then the disinfectant, which destroys the virus in a minute … Would it be possible to inject inside the body for cleaning, since you see, it attacks the lungs … It sounds interesting”, he added, while his advisers found it difficult to hide their dismay. Trump said on Friday that his remarks were “Sarcastic”. But detergent producers have been quick to issue warnings to dissuade consumers from ingesting them.

See also – Disinfectant injections into the lungs: Trump’s wacky proposition against Covid-19

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Not far from the White House, a more serious but almost as strange atmosphere reigned at the Capitol. Meeting for the first time since March 27, Congress passed a new $ 484 billion astronomical aid measure, aimed primarily at small businesses; 100 billion were voted for hospitals.

The American parliamentarians had returned to Washington by taking the few planes that still fly in the United States, or by train or car. Some have traveled several days to reach the American capital. Most wore masks during the session. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic President of the House of Representatives, tied a silk scarf over her nose. Only a dozen elected officials, almost all Republicans, had their faces uncovered, a sign that the attitude towards the pandemic remains partly a political affair: the Republican States, the least affected, are often the most critical of them. distancing measures, while the democratic states oppose a premature resumption of economic activity.

“A guy asleep in his basement”

The question also arises for the presidential election on November 3. “Yeah! Very good question. I can’t tell you what’s going to happen, ” said Trump, who notably opposes postal voting. The president also attacked Democratic candidate Joe Biden, confined to his residence in Wilmington, Delaware. “We have a guy asleep in the basement of a house, who doesn’t want to argue because they keep him locked up because of the virus,” added Trump.

“I trample on the idea of ​​debating with Donald Trump”, retorted Biden. “I’m ready: Zoom, Skype or in person. When he wants, where he wants! ” But the likely Democrat candidate also warned of the possibility that Trump would not let the ballot run normally. “I think he will try to postpone the elections in one way or another, to find reasons why they cannot take place. It’s the only way he can win. ”


What power big business has in the US election campaign

Hardly noticed by the general public, a completely different “virus” is spreading beneath the headline-heavy corona surface: the increasing influence of American big business and its lobbyists on the election decision. How did this “virus” begin its triumphal march, and what does that mean for the future of Western leadership?

The last American presidential election campaign cost $ 6.5 billion – almost a hundred times more than the expenditure for the German federal election campaign 2017. It is becoming apparent that the upcoming US election battle will be even more expensive than four years ago.

The billionaire Michael Bloomberg alone spent a good $ 500 million on his candidacy. After all, Bloomberg’s failure shows that not only actual or supposed billionaires can become president in the United States.

Trump’s opponent Biden’s net worth is estimated at a comparatively modest $ 9 million. Still, there is no end in sight to the breathtaking spending in American election campaigns and their phenomenal increases.

Tangible economic interests

Why can US donation kings and lobbyists increasingly influence political decisions? Obviously, this is not about noble political ideals, but about tangible economic interests. Because the outcome of a presidential election has a direct impact on company share prices.

Scientific studies show that companies that brought a former politician to the board before the election increase in their share value if the ex-politician’s party wins the election – regardless of the industry.

Even the amount of donations the company made before the election is secondary. Donations are obviously not perceived as permanent. It is only with the post of a board member for a former politician – Democrat or Republican – that the company becomes politically committed.

Conversely, this also means that after the presidential election, the share prices of companies that have put a former politician on the shield whose party was unsuccessful in the election fall. In principle, however, the US stock markets welcome the appointments of former politicians to board members, especially when the ex-politician is hired for the first time in the economy.

When you join another company, the effect is still positive, but much weaker – the whole thing is like a tea bag that loses its aroma the more you use it.

Companies with former politicians get more government contracts

The importance of former politicians and their networks to the US economy is also so great because in the United States, lucrative government contracts worth over several hundred billion dollars are advertised and awarded to companies each year.

Corporations, especially in the armaments sector, which benefit particularly from government contracts, often have former politicians of both the Democrats and the Republicans in their ranks for security reasons. Empirical studies show that companies in which former politicians of the respective majority party in the Senate and House of Representatives hold board positions receive significantly more government contracts than companies with missing or “wrong” political connections.

In addition to government mandates, ex-politicians are also committed to maintaining the political landscape for their company in general – whether it is about relaxing environmental protection requirements or tax policy initiatives.

The donation kings’ billions of dollars in turn are concentrated in a few areas in US election campaigns to convince voters of the respective candidate. Ultimately, only a few swing states are decisive for the outcome of the presidential election. Because the victorious party in a state receives all voters, regardless of how much they won that state.

With a simple majority in one state: “The winner takes it all.” Since California or New York, for example, traditionally fall to the Democrats and other states like Nebraska or Oklahoma to the Republicans, election campaigns hardly take place there. The money flows massively to states like Florida and Ohio, which ultimately decide.

Unlimited company donations to parties possible

The Supreme Court ruled that the growing importance of big business and its lobbyists for the outcome of presidential elections was strongly encouraged. In 2010, the United States Supreme Court primarily dealt with the issue of the right to freedom of expression for companies in the Citizens United case.

In fact, the question was whether companies can donate to parties and their candidates without limit. The judges decided that this should be possible. President Barack Obama said that this decision would give lobbyists significantly more power in Washington.

Obama saw the danger that elections would ultimately no longer be decided by the American people but by powerful interest groups. The development of party donations in the years after the verdict proves him right, they have risen again significantly.

For the Western leadership, this “virus” is putting democratic legitimacy to the test because big business can undermine the principle of “one man, one vote”. Nevertheless, this development does not threaten America’s strong position on the world stage, at least as long as rivals Russia and China are governed autocratically or dictatorially.

At the same time, the never-ending speculation about Russian influence on the 2016 US presidential election shows the importance of the election for other global players. Moscow and Beijing’s interests in trade and investment in particular are likely to be massively influenced by the answer to the question of whether the next American president is Donald Trump or Joe Biden.

More: Recession instead of economic boom: The rules of the game for the US election campaign have changed. The president is behind in polls – and has to rethink.


World nation USA: The great American self-deception

Hard to imagine, but the rich America, despite the everyday death news because of Corona, is pouring itself into grandiose acts of self-adulation. For example, in the comment columns of the “Wall Street Journal” at Easter, one could read how extraordinarily quickly and skillfully the nation of 330 million individuals had adapted to the new requirements of combating Covid. Not a word about the catastrophic supply shortages or the administrative chaos.

And even where Covid-19 draws attention to the particular concern of the black population, this sometimes takes on features of a surreal, quasi-religious revival experience. This is how it happened on CNN, where a detailed interview with a former US health director resulted in the finding: We have known the problems since hurricane “Katrina” in August 2005, and since then the lack of health care and health of the black population has been so almost nothing changed. There is no more devoted tolerance.

These are clear indications of the earthen feet on which the world power USA stands on the inside. No shortcoming is greater than the inability or even the unwillingness to think in systemic contexts and thus better protect the country against emergencies. Because that would cost a lot of money, a lot of money.

The current battle situation in the USA thus indicates a level of fragility that seems incompatible with the title of “richest nation in the world”. Those who do not belong to the top two to three percent of the population in terms of income have to deal with an individual and collective level of risk accumulation that is becoming increasingly difficult to bear.

How quickly economic and social decline can take place on an individual level can be seen from the fact that most Americans have health insurance through their employers. Currently this means in many cases: job gone, health insurance gone.

Not to mention the 35 million Americans who weren’t insured before the coronavirus crisis. And even those who are insured are struggling with an increasingly opaque jungle of high co-payments. This quickly adds up to several thousand dollars a year in extra costs. From there, the path to individual bankruptcy is not far.

Ex-President Barack Obama tried with his health care reform to put an end to this hustle and bustle. But the Republicans are still keen to get Obama’s tentative attempts at reform off the hinges.

Three sacred cows

Despite the increasing feeling of powerlessness, there is still little inclination on the part of the population to end the pronounced Duckmausertum in the USA and to lead the sacred cows of America to the slaughter.

The first of these sacred cows is the oversized US defense budget, the second is the outsourcing craze, and the third is the increasingly empty claim of American “exceptionalism”. With $ 748 billion in 2020, the US defense budget is the nineteenth largest economy in the world. It would effectively be a member of the G20.

But what should citizens think of a government that has such a gigantic defense budget, but where medical precaution is poorly neglected, for example with respirators and protective masks? She has to be asked whether she has the right spending priorities.

The sacred cow of outsourcing, which has been so eagerly propagated in the executive floors of the companies for decades, has also turned out to be a great risk maximizer. The tireless effort to expand the supply chains was, of course, all about minimizing costs.

Permanent outsourcing also freed companies from the obligation to train workers in the processing sector. In addition, with all of these almost endless supply chains, there were no solid contingency plans in case something unexpected should happen. Squeezing the last penny was what counted.

“Exceptional” – in the negative

The third sacred cow is the increasingly irrational, but still widespread notion in American society that its country is “exceptional.” This instinctive belief in superiority leads one to ignore even the most obvious dangers. The idea of ​​the United States as a chosen people was one reason why President Trump completely rejected any threat to the United States from Covid-19 in February.

So it is no longer just Trump’s willingness to play permanently va banque that causes great problems for the Americans. It is also their own blindness.

It is therefore no exaggeration to say that American “exceptionalism” probably consists primarily of one thing: there is probably no other economically highly developed society in which even dramatic changes have so few socio-political consequences.

Republicans may cynics hold that clinging to the status quo has at least led to more equality in US society. Poverty in the United States has now become color-blind. It’s not just blacks and Latinos who have struggled with it.

And the class limit has also been exceeded. More and more people from the middle class and even the upper middle class are suddenly exposed to precarious living conditions.

This is also a clearly visible consequence of the Republicans’ refusal to ever address issues such as health insurance and unemployment insurance in a forward-looking, systemic manner. They continue to insist on emphasizing “rugged individualism” and are at best ready to initiate ad hoc measures.

Meanwhile, even among establishment democrats, it is often said that the sources of the country’s wealth are entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and pragmatism. In reality, the wealth that unfolds above all at the top of the income pyramid is based on the doctrine of putting all pension systems in society (beyond the armaments sector) as far as possible on an extreme flame.

In this respect, the upcoming US presidential campaign is indeed an interesting battle. Because even if the “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders is out of the race, many of his arguments about the blatant inequality, which is increasingly directed against the middle class, are perfectly correct. Especially since what is often branded as “socialist” in the USA is accepted as a necessary social standard in Europe even by very conservative parties.

Under the current circumstances, Democratic Trump challenger Joe Biden will find it difficult to retreat to the non-binding general places that Democratic presidents have loved to preach since Bill Clinton, but with no real effects.

At its core, this year’s presidential election is about the battle between clinging to rigid individualism and taking on more shared responsibility.

The Republican Party will continue to act as a mouthpiece for the rich. As a camouflage, the Republicans will try to become the great protector of the American workforce through a massive infrastructure program.

They failed to do this both Clinton in the 1990s and Obama after the 2009 financial crisis. The political logic is obvious: why should they have done something at the time that was correct in the matter, but would have used the democratic president politically? But this situation is different now.

Trump’s re-election is not unlikely

The American model works well as long as the system doesn’t have to deal with any extraordinary loads. But because the USA doesn’t really function as a system, but rather as a collective act of mutual (self) deception, this method has its clear limits. At some point the question of governability will arise.

Still, no one should conclude from this analysis (or from recent polls) that Donald Trump will lose the presidential election. In addition to the peculiarities of the US electoral system, which provides structural advantages to the strong Republicans in the country’s rural regions, an amazing conservatism still prevails in the USA to this day.

Above all, Trump has the advantage that – despite all his misconduct – he comes across as Joe Biden as the much more vital candidate. In the United States, that sometimes counts more than honesty and expertise. Therefore, Trump could still succeed in the end.

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the democrats gathered behind Joe Biden

After Barack Obama on Tuesday and Bernie Sanders the day before, Elizabeth Warren, a favorite time in the Democratic nomination race, gave unequivocal support for Joe Biden on Wednesday April 15. These back-to-back rallies signal an early and coordinated rally of the American left, anxious not to repeat the mistakes of 2016 … and to beat Donald Trump.

The Democratic Tenors Behind Joe Biden

After the time of debate and division, make way for unity. Barely six weeks have passed since Joe Biden’s remarkable return to Super Tuesday when the big name Democrats – including his former opponents – gathered behind him.

Wednesday, April 15, Senator Elizabeth Warren, a figure in the left wing of the party, gave her support to the former vice-president by email, recalling his modest origins and the tragedies that marked his life (Joe Biden lost his first woman and daughter in a road accident). ” From these experiences stems the empathy he shows towards the struggling Americans “, She explains.

Coming out of his reserve on Tuesday, via a long 12-minute video, Barack Obama also insisted on Joe Biden’s empathy, a stark contrast to the current tenant of the White House. “Joe has the temper and the experience to guide us through some of our darkest hours and heal us in a long recovery”, says the former head of state.

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These positions had been preceded on Monday by the much anticipated rallying of Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden’s main rival during these primaries. A few days after announcing that he was abandoning the race, the Vermont senator participated in a video on Monday alongside the future Democratic candidate.

The counterexample of 2016

These rallies confirm the desire for unity that drives the Democratic Party today. At the same time four years ago, on April 15, 2016, Bernie Sanders said in a televised debate that he thought his opponent at the time, Hillary Clinton, ” didn’t have the kind of judgment necessary for the kind of president we need ” He did not join until very late, in July, and this long campaign had left damaging traces.

In 2020, everything changed. Because the Democratic Party has learned the lessons of past mistakes, first of all, but above all because it has in front of it an adversary taken much more seriously than in 2016. It now knows what it did not know so: Donald Trump can win a presidential election.

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Even within the intellectual left, the time no longer seems to be overwhelming. Supporter of Bernie Sanders, the philosopher Cornel West did not vote Democrat in 2016: he had taken up the cause of the small green party. Not this year. Cornel West has already announced that he will vote for Joe Biden, although he has the same doubts as Hillary Clinton, referring to an “anti-fascist coalition” against Donald Trump.

Which candidate for the vice-presidency?

Raising support within the party, Joe Biden can now devote himself to his first important decision as a candidate: choose the one who will accompany him on the Democratic “ticket”. Because Joe Biden made a commitment in March to designate a woman as a candidate for the vice-presidency – only the third in history after Democrat Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Republican Sarah Palin in 2008.

In the eyes of political scientists, the choice of running mate never changes the course of history. However, the profile of vice-presidents often reveals the weaknesses of their superiors. In 2008 Joe Biden made up for Barack Obama’s lack of experience, and Sarah Palin posted a conservative bond to moderate Republican John McCain.

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Lists of possible candidates are already circulating in the American media, according to whether Joe Biden, white and moderate, is looking for diversity (Senator Kamala Harris, of Jamaican father and Indian mother, or Michelle Lujan Grisham, Hispanic governor of New Mexico), progressive ideas (Elizabeth Warren), or anchoring in important regions in November (Amy Klobuchar, senator from Minnesota, etc).