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Who is John Delaney?

Who is John Delaney?

John Delaney is a congressman from Maryland. He’s a Democrat. For the past nine months, he’s been running for president of the United States. He has already visited Iowa, the first state to vote in 2020 primaries, more than 100 times. He has a campaign office there, and has spent $1 million on TV ads. And virtually no one outside Maryland and Iowa knows who he is.


Delaney’s anonymity illustrates the obscurity in which most Democrats continue to find themselves. President Trump, the media obsession with his every utterance, and Republican control of Congress have kept Democrats in the shadows since Trump won the White House. As midterms approach, Democrats will edge their way back on stage. When they’re over, the party will have big questions to answer:

  • Who is the leader of the Democratic Party?
  • What does the party stand for?
  • If Democrats retake control of the House of Representatives, who will be Speaker?
  • Should they try to impeach the president?
  • Will presidential candidates face litmus test policy questions that divide the party on issues like a single payer health care system?
  • Who will lead Democrats against Donald Trump in 2020?

The focus remains on Trump for now, but Democrats will soon themselves back in the spotlight. Will they be ready?

Khant Thaw Htoo is a young engineer who works in Eni's Sakura Tower office in the heart of Yangon. As an HSE engineer, he monitors the safety and environmental impact of onshore and offshore operations. He also looks out for his parents' well-being, in keeping with Myanmar's traditions.

Learn more about Khant in the final episode of the Faces of Eni series, which focuses on Eni's employees around the world.

On his first day as president, Joe Biden signed a remarkable series of executive orders. Boom! The US rejoins the Paris Climate Accord. Bang! The United States rejoins the World Health Organization. Pow! No more ban on immigration from many Muslim-majority countries. Biden's press secretary reminded reporters later in the day that all these orders merely begin complex processes that take time, but the impact is still dramatic.

If you lead a country allied with the US, or you're simply hoping for some specific commitment or clear and credible statement of purpose from the US government, you might feel a little dizzy today. The sight of an American president (Barack Obama) signing his name, of the next president (Donald Trump) erasing that name from the same legislation/bill, and then the following president (Biden) signing it back into law again will raise deep concerns over the long-term reliability of the world's still-most-powerful nation.

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"There needs to be a dramatic and deep reduction in the amount of debt on the poorest countries. That's clear." As the world's poorest nations struggle to recover from a devastating pandemic, World Bank President David Malpass argues that freeing them of much of their debt will be key. His conversation with Ian Bremmer is part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Listen: Renowned tech journalist Kara Swisher has no qualms about saying that social media companies bear responsibility for the January 6th pro-Trump riots at the Capitol and will likely be complicit in the civil unrest that may continue well into Biden's presidency. It's no surprise, she argues, that the online rage that platforms like Facebook and Twitter intentionally foment translated into real-life violence. But if Silicon Valley's current role in our national discourse is untenable, how can the US government rein it in? That, it turns out, is a bit more complicated. Swisher joins Ian Bremmer on our podcast.

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.

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