Nov 21, 2019

Debate night: Biden says America must "keep punching" at domestic violence

Former Vice President Joe Biden emphasized the issue of domestic violence at the 5th Democratic debate Wednesday night, saying that we must "keep punching" at the issue to eliminate it.

BIDEN: "We, in fact, have to fundamentally change the culture, the culture of how women are treated ... No man has a right to raise a hand to a woman in anger other than in self-defense, and that rarely ever occurs. So we have to just change the culture, period, and keep punching at it and punching at it. No, I really mean it. It's a gigantic issue, and we have to make it clear from the top, from the president on down that we will not tolerate it. We will not tolerate this culture."

Context: Biden sponsored the Violence Against Women Act and has worked to address violence against women on college campuses in his #ItsOnUs campaign.

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"You're a damn liar": Biden rebukes voter over allegations about son's Ukraine work

Joe Biden at a campaign stop on Dec. 2, 2019 in Algona, Iowa. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden told a voter attending one of his campaign events on Thursday that he is "a damn liar" for making unsubstantiated allegations that Biden “sent” his son, Hunter, to work for a Ukrainian gas company in order to sell access to President Obama.

Why it matters: President Trump's request that Ukraine's president announce an investigation into the Biden's dealings in Ukraine is what sparked the impeachment inquiry. Hunter’s role with Ukrainian energy company Burisma did raise conflict-of-interest concerns at the time, but there is no evidence that the former vice president committed "corruption" of any kind in the country, as Trump has claimed.

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Michael Bloomberg releases 2020 gun safety plan

Michael Bloomberg. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D-N.Y.) released a gun safety plan as part of his 2020 platform on Thursday.

The big picture: Gun control has been a key issue for Democrats in the crowded presidential primary field. The party largely advocates for common sense reforms to address background checks, loopholes and assault weapons.

Go deeperArrowDec 5, 2019

Biden skeptical Bloomberg will catch on

Photo: "Axios on HBO"

Former Vice President Joe Biden told "Axios on HBO" he is skeptical former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will get traction with Democratic voters. 

Why it matters: Aides tell us Biden was hacked off that Bloomberg jumped into the race after promising he would not. Bloomberg has made it clear via advisers that Biden’s weakness prompted his entrance.

Go deeperArrowDec 8, 2019