Sean Sullivan

Sean Sullivan


National politics reporter for The Washington Post covering the 2020 presidential race. Also an overly optimistic Seattle sports fan.

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Pres. Biden & aides are seeking to project steadiness amid unexpected events. Rs offer diff interpretation. Dueling messages have created a Rorschach test for voters: Do they see Biden as agent of competence or chaos? Story w @mviser  on lead vocals:

NEW: At least five children of Pres. Biden’s top aides have secured coveted jobs in the new administration. Biden is keeping his own family out of govt. “ ‘Not as bad as Trump’ cannot be the new standard,’” says a former OGE director. W @michaelscherer :

NEW: Dem supporters of a tougher line on Israel split over tactics and message. Disagreements on demands/tone could threaten their ability to keep shaping debate. This dynamic comes as Israeli opposition parties announce agreement to oust Netanyahu.

MORE on Manchin: Rev. Al Sharpton tells me he and other civil rights leaders plan to meet with Manchin on Tues to talk voting rights. He said NAACP pres. Derrick Johnson and National Urban League pres. Marc Morial are also expected at the meeting.

NEW: Biden’s vow to limit ethics conflicts finds a test case: the Ricchetti brothers. New deets on top WH aide Steve R’s recusals, and lobbyist Jeff R’s status. “I no longer lobby the White House Office,” Jeff R tells us. @michaelscherer  + me:

NEW: In a letter sent today, Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas is urging VP Harris to visit the border w/him. The “rapid rise in the number of migrants arriving ... has placed severe burdens on our communities," he writes. W @CleveWootson :

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NEW: Some top advisers have encouraged @BernieSanders  to consider withdrawing from the presidential race. The small group includes his campaign manager and longtime strategist. Story:

NEW: Sen. Bernie Sanders is privately expressing concerns about Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, according to 3 people with knowledge of the conversations, urging Biden’s team to intensify its focus on pocketbook issues and appeals to liberal voters.

New info on what happened with @PresElectBiden  dog Major, per Secret Service official: Major nipped agent’s hand at WH. Injury was “extremely minor.” No skin puncture. No bleeding. Agent continued their duties, all per official.

This is a sign one person held up outside a @BernieSanders  event in Winston-Salem, NC.

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You don’t often hear introductory speakers for @BernieSanders  talking about socialism. But in Tacoma, Wash., Kshama Sawant, a socialist on the Seattle City Council, just did. "We need a powerful socialist movement to end all capitalist oppression and exploitation!" she said.

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NEW: Democrats see a Senate suddenly within reach, boosted by Biden’s ascent. The former vice president’s emergence is part of a larger shift in prospects in the battle for the upper chamber. Behind the scenes, he's been recruiting/advising for months:

NEWS: @BernieSanders  expected to say at a presser Wed afternoon that he is staying in the race and looks forward to debating @JoeBiden , according to two people with direct knowledge of his plans. Story:

Crowd count at @BernieSanders  rally in Denver, per the campaign: 11,400.

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