- Bernie Sanders has made it official and is running for the Democratic nomination a second time.
- New Jersey governor Phil Murphy has endorsed Cory Booker, the junior senator from his state.
- Tim Walz, the governor of Minnesota, has endorsed his state’s Amy Klobuchar.
- Kamala Harris has won the endorsement of Governor Gavin Newsom and a slew of California state legislators.
- Klobuchar is not endorsing Medicare-for-all and free college education, positioning herself as a “straight-talking moderate“. Read more
Spain’s liberal Citizens have ruled out a pact with outgoing prime minister Pedro Sánchez while the Catalan branch of his Socialist Party has said it will not support a deal with right-wing parties — making a centrist coalition after the election in April impossible. Read more
Seven lawmakers have resigned from Britain’s Labour Party, arguing that it has become “institutionally antisemitic” under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. Read more
- Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has announced a presidential bid. The three-term senator from a state Hillary Clinton nearly lost in 2016 could help win back the sort of blue-collar Midwestern voters who left the Democratic Party for Donald Trump. Although Klobuchar’s voting record is more left-wing than her image, she has notably not (yet) endorsed universal health care.
- Elizabeth Warren has officially launched her presidential campaign with a combative speech focused on making life better for the American working class.
- The Democratic political community is broadly and deeply pessimistic about Joe Biden‘s potential candidacy, McClatchy reports. Read more
- New Jersey senator Cory Booker, formerly a mayor of Newark, is officially running.
- Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren have thrown their support behind Bernie Sanders’ proposal to replace private health insurance in the United States with Medicare-for-all.
- Harris is hiring veterans of Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign.
- Big Democratic donors aren’t writing cheques yet. Read more
Is it really the invisible primary anymore when so many Democrats are officially running for president?
- New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand has formed an exploratory committee.
- California senator Kamala Harris has skipped the exploratory phase and announced she is running.
- Former vice president Joe Biden has apologized for supporting tough-on-crime laws in the 1990s that disproportionately affected African Americans. Read more
- After Trump fired FBI director James Comey — for refusing to end the investigation into his first national security advisor, Michael Flynn — the bureau started to investigate if the president himself might be working on behalf of Russia. Flynn is now on trial for lying about his foreign contacts.
- Trump privately discussed withdrawing the United States from NATO.
- Not only did he meet with Vladimir Putin five times without other officials present; Trump went so far as to snatch the meeting notes from his own interpreter and tell the linguist not to share what had transpired even with administration officials. Read more