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Tonight's Democratic debate is a must-watch for followers of the 2020 election. And it's a nice distraction from the impeachment inquiry currently enveloping all of the political oxygen in America right now.

For most people, the main draw will be newly anointed frontrunner Pete Buttigieg, who has surprisingly surged to first place in Iowa and suddenly competing in New Hampshire. Will the other Democrats attack him? How will Elizabeth Warren react now that she's no longer sitting alone atop the primary field? After all, part of Buttigieg's rise has been his criticisms of Warren and her refusal to get into budgetary specifics over how she'd pay for her healthcare plan.

The good news is that Joe Biden apparently counts time travel amongst his other resume-building experience.

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Elizabeth Warren May Have Landed Just Where Big Banks Don't Want Her

HuffPost is saying they're hearing she's landed a seat on the Senate Banking Committee.

It looks like incoming Senator Elizabeth Warren has gotten exactly where she wants to be and exactly where big banks don't want her to be. HuffPost is saying they're hearing she's landed a seat on the Senate Banking Committee.

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How Cherokee Is Real Cherokee? Mixed-Race People Discuss Elizabeth Warren

The state of Massachusetts debating a woman's bloodlines is yet more evidence that maybe trying to quantify race is a bad idea.


If you thought that a white Senate candidate running for office against another white candidate could never become embroiled in a racial battle, think again. And turn your eyes toward Massachusetts, where that's exactly what's happening.

Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat running for a Senate seat against incumbent Republican Scott Brown, claims she is one-32nd Cherokee Indian, a claim that, for a time, was supported by the New England Historic and Genealogy Society. This week, however, the society revised its original finding, saying, "We have no proof that Elizabeth Warren’s great-great-great-grandmother O.C. Sarah Smith either is or is not of Cherokee descent."

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The H-Bomb: Why We Should Care that Elizabeth Warren Works at Harvard

Most Americans go to public university, if they go to college at all. Yet so many of our role models were educated by a handful of elite schools.


You may have heard by now that Elizabeth Warren is running for Scott Brown's Senate seat in Massachusetts. Warren is best known as President Obama's special assistant, and for her role in setting guidelines for the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau. She's also a professor at Harvard University, and that's the detail that many conservatives have emphasized in an attempt to paint Warren as an elitist East Coast liberal. Republicans often refer to her as "Professor Warren." In a recent radio interview that's recently made the rounds, Scott Brown proudly distinguished himself by saying that he had attended the "school for hard knocks."

Despite the Republican push, most Massachusetts residents are not swayed by Warren's academic pedigree. In a new poll [PDF], 63 percent of voters said Warren's status as a Harvard professor would have no effect on whether they'd vote for her. Twenty-one percent are more likely to vote for her because of it, and just 13 percent would be less likely to cast their ballot for her. On the one hand, it's reassuring that most voters can look past the academic institution where a politician teaches or calls her alma mater. But maybe we can learn something from the remaining 35 percent.

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