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?

In 2012, the United States created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to protect these young people from being deported. Yet just five years later, the program was rescinded, putting close to 700,000 DACA recipients at risk of being banished from the only home they've ever known. More than five dozen of these DACA recipients at risk are Microsoft employees. These young people contribute to the company and serve its customers. They help create products, secure services, and manage finances. And like so many young people across our nation, they dream of making an honest living and a real difference in the communities in which they reside. Yet they now live in uncertainty.

Microsoft has told its Dreamers that it will stand up for them along with all the nation's DACA recipients. It will represent them in court and litigate on their behalf. That's why Microsoft joined Princeton University and Princeton student Maria De La Cruz Perales Sanchez to file one of the three cases challenging the DACA rescission that was heard on Nov. 12 by the United States Supreme Court.

Read more on Microsoft On The Issues.

What do people think is driving the stock market's recent record high gains?

Well, there's really no precise answer, but analysts point to several factors. So, number one is strong third quarter earnings. Companies have reported stronger than expected results so far this season. The second is the jobs market. You saw the October jobs numbers exceed economists' expectations. And the third is the Federal Reserve cutting interest rates three times this year. That lowers borrowing costs for consumers and businesses and encourages them to spend more.

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In the predawn hours of Tuesday morning, Israel launched a precision attack in the Gaza Strip, targeting and killing a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) commander. In response, the terror group fired more than 220 rockets at southern Israel. Exchanges of fire have brought cities on both sides of the Gaza border to a standstill and at least 19 Palestinians are dead and dozens of Israelis wounded. With this latest escalation, Israel now faces national security crises on multiple fronts. Here's what's going on:

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