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At an L.A. bakery, Joe Biden makes his pitch for the middle class
At an L.A. bakery, Joe Biden makes his pitch for the middle class

If there is a common theme for Democrats these days -- particularly those with upward ambitions -- it is a familiar one: the salvaging of the middle class. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the far-and-away front-runner for the Democratic nomination at this early stage of the 2016 race, comes at it from the vantage of boosting the fortunes of women, underscoring her own potential reach for history. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator who says she is not running even as liberal hearts ping for her, has made her entrée a denunciation of Wall Street’s excesses. Even Maryland’s data-driven governor, Martin O’Malley, weaves the plight of the struggling middle class into...

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