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Politics Sep 22Steak, beer and politics: 2020 Democrats descend on Iowa
Democratic presidential candidates made a colorful and often loud pitch to Iowa Democrats at the Steak Fry fundraiser in Des Moines on Saturday as a new poll showed Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden in a close race in the state.
Politics Jul 23Biden’s criminal justice plan reverses part of 1994 crime bill
The former vice president is endorsing an end to the federal death penalty.
Politics Jul 08Iowa and Nevada to allow voting by phone in 2020 caucuses
The tele-caucus systems are aimed at opening the local-level political gatherings to more people.
Politics Jul 04Harris says busing should be considered by school districts, not federally mandated
In Iowa, Sen. Kamala Harris characterized busing as a choice local school districts have, not the responsibility of the federal government.
Politics Jun 11WATCH: Trump says he’d ‘rather run against Biden than anybody’
The president unleashed a series of schoolyard taunts of the former vice president before taking off from the White House, declaring "Joe Biden is a dummy."…
Politics May 28Biden uses education rollout to promote his 1994 crime bill
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is calling for a renewed ban on certain military-style guns and ammunition, pitching it as part of his proposal on education priorities.
Politics May 27Iowa’s black Democrats gear up to play a role in 2020 race
In the state where Obama's 2008 candidacy cleared its first important hurdle, black Democrats are energized as seldom seen, in part motivated by overwhelming dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump.
Politics May 17Later to 2020 race, Bullock quickly turns to Trump-state Dems
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock launched his first full day of campaigning Friday in Newton, Iowa, a town where union manufacturing jobs have vanished in the past 15 years. In doing so, he is underscoring his argument that his party can…
Politics Apr 29WATCH: Biden kicks off his campaign with first rally in Pittsburgh
In his first public rally as presidential candidate, the former vice president accused President Donald Trump of abusing the powers of his office and ignoring everyone but his political base. He also argued that strengthening unions and promoting social and…
Politics Apr 26What motivated Joe Biden to run for president
Aides, friends and advisors say Biden was spurred on by Trump's response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.