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?

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Watch the latest episode of Funny Applications, Eni's video series that imagines new uses for technology.

For 30 years, citizens of Hong Kong have gathered in Victoria Park on the evening of June 4 to honor the peaceful protesters massacred in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on that date in 1989. It has been the only public Tiananmen commemoration permitted on Chinese soil.

This year, the park was surrounded by barricades to keep people out. The officially stated reason for the shut-down? Crowds spread coronavirus. (In this city of more than 7 million, COVID has so far killed four people.)

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In an interview with GZERO World host Ian Bremmer, Hong Kong lawmaker Dennis Kwok, an outspoken pro-democracy advocate, expresses his concerns that the current "draconian" laws China's leadership is forcing upon his city has expedited the end of the "one country, two systems" policy established in 1997.

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Big news, of course, that former Secretary of Defense Mattis comes out with a public statement basically calling Trump's rule, his actions, unconstitutional and unfit for office, more divisive than any president he's ever seen.

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French protests over racial injustice: The George Floyd protests in the United States have sparked solidarity demonstrations around the world, with people flocking to US embassies in Berlin, London and elsewhere to express their outrage. But they have also inspired other countries to reexamine racial justice within their own societies. In France, where street demonstrations are practically a national pastime, thousands of people have gathered in support of the family of Adama Traoré, a 24-year old black man who died in police custody back in 2016. At least 20,000 Parisians demonstrated Wednesday, despite coronavirus bans on public gatherings. Protesters adopted similar language to the Floyd protests, demanding accountability for the officers who violently pinned down Traoré during a dispute over an identity check, leading to his death. Renewed focus on this case, which has become a potent symbol of police brutality in France, comes as coronavirus lockdowns have recently stoked tensions between the police and the mostly-minority residents of Paris' banlieues (low-income suburbs).

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