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Election 2020


2020 candidates: What you need to know

Ahead of the first debate, Democratic candidates address poverty, injustices at forum

Nine presidential candidates addressed many of the issues they hope to touch on in the debates at a presidential forum with activists on June 17 that focused on poverty, inequality and racial injustice.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: 7 things you need to know about the 2020 candidate

The progressive policy advocate and U.S. Senator from Massachusetts has earned a reputation as a stalwart progressive, but has faced controversy over her claim to Native American ancestry.

President Donald Trump: 7 things you need to know about the president running for reelection

The president has been officially running for reelection since his first day in office but held a campaign launch event on June 18.

Voting rights

How could gerrymandering and voter ID battles decide a key 2020 battleground?

Wisconsin is embroiled in legal battles over both redistricting and voter ID laws. In 2016, voters elected Republican Donald Trump president by under 30,000 votes. In 2018, Wisconsin voters chose Democrat Tony Evers as governor by a similarly close margin.

Learn how a battle over ex-felons’ voting rights could determine the 2020 election

As presidential contenders discuss giving voting rights to felons and ex-felons, Florida proves that the battle over voting rights can have major consequences.

Gun control

Where do some of the 2020 Democratic candidates stand on gun control?

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, California Sen. Kamala Harris, and California Rep. Eric Swalwell have made gun control a central theme of their campaigns.


America's opioid crisis means many grandparents are now raising their grandchildren

“Here's me at 60, sitting in the little kindergarten chair, having flashbacks of 'Oh my gosh, been here, done this four times.'”

Health care

What are trigger laws? Examining states' preemptive legislative bans on abortion

Five states currently have what are known as "trigger laws" on the books.

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