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Matt Viser reports : “The Democratic five-alarm fire has begun. Around the country on Tuesday, Democrats found themselves baffled by the circumstances engulfing their party — even one that is known for, and sometimes takes pride in, its tendency to overreact with worry. ‘This is just one sad week,’ said former senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). ‘While I am having these very dark, sad feelings about the Senate GOP and a whitewash, here comes this mess in Iowa,’ Boxer said, referring to the impeachment trial. ‘This is a wake-up call. We’re going to be tested.’ … Democrats were concerned that turnout for the caucuses, which party officials just weeks ago predicted would hit record levels due to voter enthusiasm to take on Trump, apparently fell short of expectations, potentially suggesting a lack of enthusiasm for the candidates. … The combination of the muddled result, a botched process that forced the Iowa Democratic chairman to apologize late Tuesday, and the low participation levels was demoralizing to many in the party” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, February 5, 2020 6:17:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “Biden, blasting [Trump] as ‘dangerously incompetent’ for his handling of the crisis with Iran, said Trump's ‘impulsive decision’ to order the killing of a top military official from that country put the United States at risk of greater international conflict. … Biden’s comments were striking for someone who has spent much of his political career with a reputation as a foreign policy expert who has often embraced American use of power in the world. As a senator, he voted in 2002 to authorize the use of force in Iraq — a vote that has become a point of contention in the Democratic race as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) presents himself as the true antiwar candidate in tune with rising public skepticism of drawn-out military intervention. … Biden’s toughened rhetoric on Trump and Iran on Tuesday seemed designed to present Biden with a more nuanced position — more sharply critical of Trump’s decision than his previous comments but not as black-and-white as Sanders’s stance” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 8, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser said : “It was one of my favorite stories, I think, over my entire career in journalism,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, released a statement Thursday afternoon saying that Biden will reform campaign finance if he is president, but in the meantime, he will open the door to outside money. … The decision is also bound to trigger accusations of ­flip-flopping, given that Biden has long said he would reject such outside help. His campaign advisers were aggressively opposed to the idea as recently as three weeks ago, pushing back against a Washington Post report stating that the campaign ‘has publicly discouraged’ outside help because they felt it was not worded strongly enough” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, October 25, 2019 4:08:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reported ( about Jesse Helms ) : "wrote columns for local newspapers and pushed legislation requiring courts to consider solutions besides busing, often siding with conservatives such as Sen. Jesse Helms (N.C.)," External link

WashingtonPost Monday, July 29, 2019 10:18:00 AM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “Biden’s effort to make his lengthy experience the central issue of his campaign has been confounded by questions about his actions during almost four decades as a U.S. senator, on issues including criminal justice, busing and the hearings into the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Those questions might be answered in the massive trove of Senate records he donated eight years ago to the University of Delaware under an agreement that they could be made public by early this year. But the records are being kept secret, following new terms the university posted on its website just before Biden made his presidential campaign official in April. … The collection of documents that Biden donated to his alma mater fills 1,875 boxes and also includes 415 gigabytes of electronic records. It includes committee reports, drafts of legislation and correspondence. … The documents also could showcase his foreign policy views, including the internal deliberations that led to his support for the Iraq War … Biden has at times played down or misrepresented his record — saying last weekend, for example, that he did not support more funding for state prisons, even though in 1994 he argued for $6 billion in such funding” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, July 12, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser writes : “During a CNN interview that aired Friday, he used the phrase at least four times. Why wasn’t he more forceful in the debate? ‘C’mon, man.’ Hasn’t Trump used his tactics to get NATO to pay more? ‘Oh, give me a break. C’mon, man!’ Should he contrast himself more with his Democratic opponents? ‘C’mon, man.’ … Biden’s two-word phrase can quickly signal dismissiveness, annoyance, sarcasm or a certain willingness to use words that seem gendered, none of which are sure winners for a candidate trying to attract voters. But it also showcases his folksy plain-spokenness, grounding Biden’s campaign in a two-word, bumper-sticker phrase that sounds precisely how the everyman he claims to represent would talk” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, July 8, 2019 5:19:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “millions of dollars largely from book deals and speaking fees that ranged to as much as $200,000 per speech,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, June 25, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “As Biden has traveled the country, he asked his sponsors for VIP hotel suites, town cars and professional drivers, chartered flights and travel expense reimbursements for some of his appearances that reached at least $10,000 per event. The Washington Post found at least 65 instances in which Biden gave a speech or appeared at a book event; in at least 10 instances he did not take a fee, although in some of those cases he was reimbursed for travel expenses. Biden’s campaign said he has given less than 50 paid speeches, but declined to be more specific about exactly how many he delivered, or how much he earned in total” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, June 25, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “Biden’s implicit argument to Democrats, in the meantime, is that he has embraced enough of the policies animating the party’s ascendant left to make him acceptable as the standard-bearer — but not enough to alienate the working-class voters the party desperately wants to win back in 2020. He has embraced raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, a posture that advances on Hillary Clinton’s stutter-step approach to raising wages in 2016, and he has touted a plan to allow anyone to go to community college free. He also has spurned others, calling for improvements to the Affordable Care Act but declining to back a Medicare-for-all plan supported by many of his party’s 2020 candidates” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, May 2, 2019 6:14:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “From the distant end of the generational arc, he’s hoping to become the oldest president in American history. And often as he speaks these days, he’s the one carrying a set of notecards. A tour through a trio of announcements spanning more than three decades shows the evolution of his politics … They reflect the gradual shift of the Democratic Party and Biden’s place in its modern-day version. … Now, he is framing his candidacy as a clear rebuttal of Trump’s politics of racial and ethnic division … He starts this race at the top of the polls, while in previous races he was the struggling underdog” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, April 26, 2019 3:50:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “In targeting many of the same voters, O’Rourke and Biden could be on something of a collision course. They would present the party with the sharpest test yet of whether it wants an exciting but untested face or a more traditional, experienced standard-bearer to take on [Trump]. … Biden, speaking Tuesday to the International Association of Fire Fighters, was greeted with chants of ‘Run, Joe, run!’ He told the union members he appreciated their energy and urged them to ‘save it a little longer — I may need it in a few weeks.’ He added jokingly, ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ … Even before their candidacies are official, Biden and O’Rourke have been honing messages that stress optimism and unity” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, March 13, 2019 6:02:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “The interaction between Sanders and Clinton — their first since they faced off in a sometimes-bitter 2016 Democratic primary — was frosty. While Clinton gave [Cory] Booker an effusive hug, the exchange with Sanders was brief; as he passed by quickly, she reached out and initiated a terse hello,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, March 4, 2019 7:07:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “A nucleus of advisers in El Paso, O’Rourke’s hometown, has been holding strategy meetings — and going on hikes with O’Rourke — as they plan for a nascent campaign. The former congressman has been riding his bicycle to a makeshift office near San Jacinto Plaza, making calls and soliciting advice from Democrats around the country. … An O’Rourke candidacy could add a centrist, upbeat message to a campaign that has been marked by left-leaning policies and sometimes anger, and it could sharpen the question for Democratic voters of which direction they want to go in the age of [Trump]. If O’Rourke jumps in, a move that could come as early as next week, it would answer one of the biggest uncertainties hovering over a turbulent early primary season, leaving former vice president Joe Biden as the most prominent remaining undecided figure” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, March 1, 2019 6:25:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “The state party plan, which still must pass muster with the Democratic National Committee, marks the most significant change to the caucus process since its inception in 1972 and seems likely to complicate the campaigns’ strategies. … Although party officials don’t have estimates, the move could significantly increase the number of voters involved. … Not all of the details have been sorted out, but party officials say the voting will take place over a phone or smart device. … Party leaders have been conscious of any change that would make the caucus seem like a primary, which would provoke officials in New Hampshire, where state law requires them to hold the nation’s first primary” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, February 12, 2019 5:38:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “The Democratic Party over the past two years has become increasingly partisan and sharp-edged. It has been fueled by a visceral hatred of Trump. And in its sharp shift, it has turned toward things that Biden, the 76-year-old lifetime pol, most certainly is not: fresh faces, minorities, and women. His strategy of casting himself as the bridge from one generation to the next, and as the one who can win over pragmatic Democrats as well as disaffected Republicans, would test the limits of Democratic primary voters who have encouraged the most diverse crop of candidates in history. During a speech on Thursday before the United States Conference of Mayors, the former vice president displayed some of his strengths. He was the man who either knows everyone or makes it seem like he does … But his weaknesses were also evident. His opening lines referred to Adlai Stevenson, who died 54 years ago. He seemed at times to not have control over the volume of his own voice, and he meandered so much that at one point, he stopped himself to say, ‘Now I’m beginning to sound like the wonk I hate.’ He did not mention Trump by name” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, January 25, 2019 6:22:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “The meeting, which was held Nov. 16 at the former president’s offices in Foggy Bottom, came as former Obama aides have encouraged the Democratic House member to run, seeing him as capable of the same kind of inspirational campaign that caught fire in the 2008 presidential election. The meeting was the first sign of Obama getting personally involved in conversations with O’Rourke … TMZ, the Hollywood-based entertainment website, is now trailing O’Rourke; he is being swamped by calls from Democratic operatives eager to work for him, and other campaigns-in-the-making are eyeing his moves closely for any signs of his intentions. ... O’Rourke was not among the slate of candidates that Obama endorsed during the midterm elections, but that came in part at O’Rourke’s request. Obama offered several times to help O’Rourke’s campaign, including to come to Texas for a rally or to record robo-calls offering his endorsement. … Obama even recorded a video that O’Rourke’s campaign never utilized; it remained a subject of internal debate. O’Rourke … hasn’t forgotten his 2012 congressional campaign, when Obama — as well as another former president, Bill Clinton — endorsed his opponent, eight-term Democratic congressman Silvestre Reyes” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, December 5, 2018 5:08:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser wrote : "It began with some gentle poking at my unruly hair. It ended with insinuations that I was a leader of the extremist movement known as the alt-right, who harboured a hatred of Jews," External link

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Matt Viser

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Matt Viser reports : “The Democratic five-alarm fire has begun. Around the country on Tuesday, Democrats found themselves baffled by the circumstances engulfing their party — even one that is known for, and sometimes takes pride in, its tendency to overreact with worry. ‘This is just one sad week,’ said former senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). ‘While I am having these very dark, sad feelings about the Senate GOP and a whitewash, here comes this mess in Iowa,’ Boxer said, referring to the impeachment trial. ‘This is a wake-up call. We’re going to be tested.’ … Democrats were concerned that turnout for the caucuses, which party officials just weeks ago predicted would hit record levels due to voter enthusiasm to take on Trump, apparently fell short of expectations, potentially suggesting a lack of enthusiasm for the candidates. … The combination of the muddled result, a botched process that forced the Iowa Democratic chairman to apologize late Tuesday, and the low participation levels was demoralizing to many in the party” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, February 5, 2020 6:17:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “Biden, blasting [Trump] as ‘dangerously incompetent’ for his handling of the crisis with Iran, said Trump's ‘impulsive decision’ to order the killing of a top military official from that country put the United States at risk of greater international conflict. … Biden’s comments were striking for someone who has spent much of his political career with a reputation as a foreign policy expert who has often embraced American use of power in the world. As a senator, he voted in 2002 to authorize the use of force in Iraq — a vote that has become a point of contention in the Democratic race as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) presents himself as the true antiwar candidate in tune with rising public skepticism of drawn-out military intervention. … Biden’s toughened rhetoric on Trump and Iran on Tuesday seemed designed to present Biden with a more nuanced position — more sharply critical of Trump’s decision than his previous comments but not as black-and-white as Sanders’s stance” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 8, 2020 8:08:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser said : “It was one of my favorite stories, I think, over my entire career in journalism,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, November 27, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, released a statement Thursday afternoon saying that Biden will reform campaign finance if he is president, but in the meantime, he will open the door to outside money. … The decision is also bound to trigger accusations of ­flip-flopping, given that Biden has long said he would reject such outside help. His campaign advisers were aggressively opposed to the idea as recently as three weeks ago, pushing back against a Washington Post report stating that the campaign ‘has publicly discouraged’ outside help because they felt it was not worded strongly enough” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, October 25, 2019 4:08:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reported ( about Jesse Helms ) : "wrote columns for local newspapers and pushed legislation requiring courts to consider solutions besides busing, often siding with conservatives such as Sen. Jesse Helms (N.C.)," External link

WashingtonPost Monday, July 29, 2019 10:18:00 AM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “Biden’s effort to make his lengthy experience the central issue of his campaign has been confounded by questions about his actions during almost four decades as a U.S. senator, on issues including criminal justice, busing and the hearings into the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Those questions might be answered in the massive trove of Senate records he donated eight years ago to the University of Delaware under an agreement that they could be made public by early this year. But the records are being kept secret, following new terms the university posted on its website just before Biden made his presidential campaign official in April. … The collection of documents that Biden donated to his alma mater fills 1,875 boxes and also includes 415 gigabytes of electronic records. It includes committee reports, drafts of legislation and correspondence. … The documents also could showcase his foreign policy views, including the internal deliberations that led to his support for the Iraq War … Biden has at times played down or misrepresented his record — saying last weekend, for example, that he did not support more funding for state prisons, even though in 1994 he argued for $6 billion in such funding” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, July 12, 2019 6:35:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser writes : “During a CNN interview that aired Friday, he used the phrase at least four times. Why wasn’t he more forceful in the debate? ‘C’mon, man.’ Hasn’t Trump used his tactics to get NATO to pay more? ‘Oh, give me a break. C’mon, man!’ Should he contrast himself more with his Democratic opponents? ‘C’mon, man.’ … Biden’s two-word phrase can quickly signal dismissiveness, annoyance, sarcasm or a certain willingness to use words that seem gendered, none of which are sure winners for a candidate trying to attract voters. But it also showcases his folksy plain-spokenness, grounding Biden’s campaign in a two-word, bumper-sticker phrase that sounds precisely how the everyman he claims to represent would talk” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, July 8, 2019 5:19:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “millions of dollars largely from book deals and speaking fees that ranged to as much as $200,000 per speech,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, June 25, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “As Biden has traveled the country, he asked his sponsors for VIP hotel suites, town cars and professional drivers, chartered flights and travel expense reimbursements for some of his appearances that reached at least $10,000 per event. The Washington Post found at least 65 instances in which Biden gave a speech or appeared at a book event; in at least 10 instances he did not take a fee, although in some of those cases he was reimbursed for travel expenses. Biden’s campaign said he has given less than 50 paid speeches, but declined to be more specific about exactly how many he delivered, or how much he earned in total” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, June 25, 2019 10:32:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “Biden’s implicit argument to Democrats, in the meantime, is that he has embraced enough of the policies animating the party’s ascendant left to make him acceptable as the standard-bearer — but not enough to alienate the working-class voters the party desperately wants to win back in 2020. He has embraced raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, a posture that advances on Hillary Clinton’s stutter-step approach to raising wages in 2016, and he has touted a plan to allow anyone to go to community college free. He also has spurned others, calling for improvements to the Affordable Care Act but declining to back a Medicare-for-all plan supported by many of his party’s 2020 candidates” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, May 2, 2019 6:14:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “From the distant end of the generational arc, he’s hoping to become the oldest president in American history. And often as he speaks these days, he’s the one carrying a set of notecards. A tour through a trio of announcements spanning more than three decades shows the evolution of his politics … They reflect the gradual shift of the Democratic Party and Biden’s place in its modern-day version. … Now, he is framing his candidacy as a clear rebuttal of Trump’s politics of racial and ethnic division … He starts this race at the top of the polls, while in previous races he was the struggling underdog” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, April 26, 2019 3:50:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “In targeting many of the same voters, O’Rourke and Biden could be on something of a collision course. They would present the party with the sharpest test yet of whether it wants an exciting but untested face or a more traditional, experienced standard-bearer to take on [Trump]. … Biden, speaking Tuesday to the International Association of Fire Fighters, was greeted with chants of ‘Run, Joe, run!’ He told the union members he appreciated their energy and urged them to ‘save it a little longer — I may need it in a few weeks.’ He added jokingly, ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ … Even before their candidacies are official, Biden and O’Rourke have been honing messages that stress optimism and unity” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, March 13, 2019 6:02:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “The interaction between Sanders and Clinton — their first since they faced off in a sometimes-bitter 2016 Democratic primary — was frosty. While Clinton gave [Cory] Booker an effusive hug, the exchange with Sanders was brief; as he passed by quickly, she reached out and initiated a terse hello,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, March 4, 2019 7:07:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “A nucleus of advisers in El Paso, O’Rourke’s hometown, has been holding strategy meetings — and going on hikes with O’Rourke — as they plan for a nascent campaign. The former congressman has been riding his bicycle to a makeshift office near San Jacinto Plaza, making calls and soliciting advice from Democrats around the country. … An O’Rourke candidacy could add a centrist, upbeat message to a campaign that has been marked by left-leaning policies and sometimes anger, and it could sharpen the question for Democratic voters of which direction they want to go in the age of [Trump]. If O’Rourke jumps in, a move that could come as early as next week, it would answer one of the biggest uncertainties hovering over a turbulent early primary season, leaving former vice president Joe Biden as the most prominent remaining undecided figure” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, March 1, 2019 6:25:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “The state party plan, which still must pass muster with the Democratic National Committee, marks the most significant change to the caucus process since its inception in 1972 and seems likely to complicate the campaigns’ strategies. … Although party officials don’t have estimates, the move could significantly increase the number of voters involved. … Not all of the details have been sorted out, but party officials say the voting will take place over a phone or smart device. … Party leaders have been conscious of any change that would make the caucus seem like a primary, which would provoke officials in New Hampshire, where state law requires them to hold the nation’s first primary” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, February 12, 2019 5:38:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “The Democratic Party over the past two years has become increasingly partisan and sharp-edged. It has been fueled by a visceral hatred of Trump. And in its sharp shift, it has turned toward things that Biden, the 76-year-old lifetime pol, most certainly is not: fresh faces, minorities, and women. His strategy of casting himself as the bridge from one generation to the next, and as the one who can win over pragmatic Democrats as well as disaffected Republicans, would test the limits of Democratic primary voters who have encouraged the most diverse crop of candidates in history. During a speech on Thursday before the United States Conference of Mayors, the former vice president displayed some of his strengths. He was the man who either knows everyone or makes it seem like he does … But his weaknesses were also evident. His opening lines referred to Adlai Stevenson, who died 54 years ago. He seemed at times to not have control over the volume of his own voice, and he meandered so much that at one point, he stopped himself to say, ‘Now I’m beginning to sound like the wonk I hate.’ He did not mention Trump by name” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, January 25, 2019 6:22:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser reports : “The meeting, which was held Nov. 16 at the former president’s offices in Foggy Bottom, came as former Obama aides have encouraged the Democratic House member to run, seeing him as capable of the same kind of inspirational campaign that caught fire in the 2008 presidential election. The meeting was the first sign of Obama getting personally involved in conversations with O’Rourke … TMZ, the Hollywood-based entertainment website, is now trailing O’Rourke; he is being swamped by calls from Democratic operatives eager to work for him, and other campaigns-in-the-making are eyeing his moves closely for any signs of his intentions. ... O’Rourke was not among the slate of candidates that Obama endorsed during the midterm elections, but that came in part at O’Rourke’s request. Obama offered several times to help O’Rourke’s campaign, including to come to Texas for a rally or to record robo-calls offering his endorsement. … Obama even recorded a video that O’Rourke’s campaign never utilized; it remained a subject of internal debate. O’Rourke … hasn’t forgotten his 2012 congressional campaign, when Obama — as well as another former president, Bill Clinton — endorsed his opponent, eight-term Democratic congressman Silvestre Reyes” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, December 5, 2018 5:08:00 PM EAT

Matt Viser wrote : "It began with some gentle poking at my unruly hair. It ended with insinuations that I was a leader of the extremist movement known as the alt-right, who harboured a hatred of Jews," External link

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