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How Kamala Harris’s Attack on Joe Biden Helped Her

What the infamous debate-night quarrel over busing means for the future of the Democratic ticket
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O, just under an hour into the first Democratic primary debate, Kamala Harris turned her attention to the front-runner, Joe Biden. A week earlier, during an event in New York City, the former vice president had riffed about his relationships with segregationist senators, such as James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, to illustrate a point about civility and compromise in politics. Harris, who was the only Black person onstage that night, took offense. “You also worked with them to oppose busing.

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