Nia-Malika Henderson is a senior political reporter for CNN Politics. She reports broadly on the 2016 campaign for CNN's digital and television platforms, with a special focus on identity politics — exploring the dynamics of demographics, race and religion, and reporting on the groups of people who help shape national elections. Until early 2015, she was a national political reporter for The Washington Post, where she covered the White House and the 2012 campaign. Before joining The Post, Nia wrote about education, race and the White House for Politico. In 2008, she covered the presidential election and local government on Long Island for Newsday. She also worked at The Baltimore Sun where she covered city government in Annapolis. A regular guest on Fox, MSNBC, and CNN, Nia has an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from Duke University, and graduate degrees from Yale University in American studies and Columbia University in journalism.
*+-Nia-Malika Hendrson: The ‘Draft Condoleezza Rice for [fill in the blank office]’ movement will never ever die. And with an open Senate seat in California in 2016, the unquenchable desire among Republicans for candidate Rice has an actual office that she could run for in sight.
*+-Nia-Malika Henderson: Michelle Obama’s biggest attraction and biggest strength is that she is essentially the keeper of the Obama 2008 flame for the Democratic base; she even begins some of her speeches with the “fired up” line from 2008.
*+-Nia Malika Henderson: Whereas most Democrats and Republicans, and eventually President Obama, addressed the militarization of the police, Clinton actually went there on an issue that most avoided: racism and the criminal justice system.
*+-Nia-Malika Henderson: Clinton could be facing a generation of social media savvy black voters and other media types who are tired of the idea of a designated “black leader,” possibly let down by Obama, and who are looking for a more up-front examination and response to racism.
*+-Nia-Malika Henderson: Over the last years, with her reality shows, Palin went the Kardashian route, but now she will add a dash of her early professional life as well, offering up all things Palin via your tablet, phone, or computer.
*+-Nia-Malika Henderson: Chelsea Clinton’s salary embodies the kind of passed-down privilege available to a select few, often based on birth rather than merit. Which gets back to Warren, and why her potential candidacy makes some Democrats swoon.
*+-Nia-Malika Henderson: Every single Tuesday this month, there will be a primary election and lots of pontificating about what it all means. The storyline we’ll be watching most closely is how well women candidates do in these races.
*+-Nia-Malika Henderson: Expect to hear more about hiking the tipped minimum wage as Democrats debate the issue and look for areas of compromise with red state Democrats up for reelection and also with Republicans.
-+*Treva Brandon Scharf: Can’t afford a gym membership? Get bored easily by exercise? Don’t want to run into your ex at Equinox? No problem! There’s always the great outdoors – otherwise known as your local park.
-+*Walter Moss: There is little chance that any Republican nominee will put dealing with climate change at the center of his/her agenda, but we progressives should insure that at least the Democratic nominee does.
-+*Annette Bernhardt: The inequality debate often focuses on globalization and new technology, but we know that the decline of unions and the falling real value of the minimum wage have also played critical roles.