Cameron Joseph

Cameron Joseph is Talking Points Memo's senior political correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He covers Capitol Hill, the White House and the permanent campaign. Previous publications include the New York Daily News, Mashable, The Hill and National Journal. He grew up near Chicago and is an irrationally passionate Cubs fan.

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The Democratic National Committee has chosen Milwaukee for its 2020 presidential convention, a DNC source tells Talking Points Memo, a decision highlighting the heavy emphasis Democrats are putting on winning back the upper Midwest next year.

The choice places the region squarely in Democrats’ crosshairs, two years after low turnout in Milwaukee helped hand President Trump the state and the presidency and just months after Democrats swept back to power in the state in the midterms.

Trump won Wisconsin by just over 20,000 votes, a result that, combined with similarly narrow wins in Pennsylvania and Michigan, handed him the White House. But Democrats saw a major turnaround last fall, winning back the governorship for the first time since 2010 and easily holding a U.S. Senate seat.

Milwaukee was chosen over two major Sun Belt cities, Miami and Houston. The other two finalists were considered more practical logistically since both had more hotels and larger downtowns to hold a major convention, but Milwaukee had a clear draw as the heart of Democrats’ attempts to rebuild their Midwestern firewall and defeat Trump next fall.

The Democratic National Convention will take place from July 13-16, 2020. Republicans’ convention will take place from August 24-27, 2020 in Charlotte, N.C.

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After a week of tumult and tension, House Democrats have released a resolution condemning both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

The work is a careful compromise after freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) controversial comments about Israel supporters drew charges of anti-Semitism, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) push for a resolution condemning anti-Semitism was met with blowback from progressive and black Democrats furious that it singled out Omar while ignoring other forms of hatred.

The resolution condemns both “anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States” and “anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States.”

It will likely fail to please some on both sides of the fight — some Jewish Democratic members have expressed frustration that the newer versions were watered down. But it could help Democrats move past a nasty and divisive episode once they vote on the resolution Thursday afternoon.

Read the full resolution below:

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) won’t run for president after all, he announced Thursday.

“Being president isn’t something I have dreamed of my whole life or even for years,” Brown said in a statement. “My goal for our tour is to make the dignity of work the centerpiece of the Democrats’ 2020 campaign because I believe that’s the way to beat Donald Trump.”

The move comes as a surprise — Brown had built out a campaign team and had been touring early-voting states on his “Dignity of Work” tour in recent weeks. But he’d failed to gain much traction in the race so far, polling in the low single digits in most public polls.

Brown’s decision against a run removes an intriguing candidate from the field — albeit one who’s not very well-known outside of his home state.

Brown, a fierce populist, won reelection in Ohio last fall even as every other Democratic statewide candidate fell far short, and has a proven track record of winning white working-class voters and carrying a Midwestern state that has moved hard towards the GOP in recent years. He’d done so while developing a consistently progressive record in Congress on both economic and social issues over three decades, standing as an early supporter of gay marriage and opponent of the war in Iraq while battling free trade agreements like NAFTA that have grown increasingly unpopular across the ideological spectrum.

A number of Republicans had privately told TPM that Brown was the candidate they most feared facing as a nominee.

But Brown was facing a tough route to the nomination — with other top-tier candidates pulling the types of voters he’d need to win. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has strong appeal with populist-minded economic liberals, while former Vice President Joe Biden, who’s expected to announce a presidential campaign in the coming weeks, has strong name recognition and popularity with white working-class voters.

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