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  • John Kerry Feb 2

    John Kerry Overheard Mulling 2020 Bid Amid Concern of Sanders ‘Taking Down’ Dem Party

    Former Secretary of State John Kerry — one of Joe Biden’s highest-profile endorsers — was overheard Sunday on the phone at a Des Moines hotel explaining what he would have to do to enter the presidential race amid “the possibility of Bernie Sanders taking down the Democratic Party — down whole,” NBC News reported. Sitting in the lobby restaurant of…

  • iowa attack Dec 21, 2019

    Iowa Woman Said She Ran Over Girl in Racist Attack: Police

    A Des Moines woman has been charged with attempted murder after she told police she intentionally ran over a 14-year-old girl because she believed the teenager was Mexican. Clive Police Chief Mike Venema said Friday during a news conference that Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, 42, admitted to steering her SUV onto a sidewalk on Dec. 9 in the suburban Des…

  • Donald Trump Nov 10, 2019

    Watergate Redux? Trump Impeachment Inquiry Heads for Live TV

    Back in 1973, tens of millions of Americans tuned in to what Variety called “the hottest daytime soap opera” — the Senate Watergate hearings that eventually led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. It was a communal experience, and by some estimates, more than 80% of Americans tuned in to at least part of the Watergate telecasts. They were offered by...

  • Donald Trump Nov 2, 2019

    Biden Defends His ‘Vision’ Against Warren’s Indirect Attacks

    Bristling at Elizabeth Warren’s suggestions that he’s a milquetoast moderate with small ideas, presidential candidate Joe Biden countered Saturday that he offers a “bold” vision for the country and warned that Democratic primary voters should not get distracted by the party’s increasingly tense battle over ideological labels. It was a departure from Biden’s usual campaign speech and signaled perhaps a...

  • Donald Trump Nov 2, 2019

    Top Democrats Clash Over Health Care at Marquee Iowa Event

    The leading Democrats vying for their party’s presidential nomination clashed over the critical issue of health care while offering starkly contrasting visions for the nation’s ideological direction before thousands of cheering Iowa activists at a raucous event kicking off the three-month sprint to the first-in-the-nation caucuses. Former Vice President Joe Biden opened the state Democratic Party’s marquee annual fundraiser, the...

  • Arizona Oct 29, 2019

    With Each Pitch at World Series, Call Gets Louder for Robot Umps

    With every pitch at the World Series hurtling toward that strike zone box superimposed on TV screens, the call gets louder and louder: Bring on the robot umps!

  • Donald Trump Sep 22, 2019

    Biden, Warren Face Same Challenge in Iowa: Keeping Momentum

    A fire truck, a marching band and hundreds of supporters ushered Joe Biden into this weekend’s Iowa Steak Fry, a show of force intended to solidify the former vice president’s front-runner status. His closest rival, Elizabeth Warren, slipped in with little fanfare, delivered her speech and hit a brief selfie line before departing the show. Their approaches to the steak...

  • Donald Trump Sep 21, 2019

    Steak, 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. The event, a fundraiser for the Polk County Democratic Party and one of the biggest remaining opportunities for candidates to...

  • Donald Trump Aug 10, 2019

    Biden Is the Democrat to Beat; Rivals See Signs of Weakness

    In a barn down a gravel road in Iowa, Joe Biden tore into President Donald Trump’s moral character, declaring in one of the fiercest speeches of his campaign that the words of the American president matter. The next day, Biden’s own words tripped him up. He told an audience in Des Moines that poor children are “just as bright and...

  • Donald Trump Aug 10, 2019

    Democratic Candidates Blame Trump, NRA for Inaction on Guns

    Democratic presidential candidates on Saturday placed responsibility for inaction on gun violence in the hands of President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association, in the face of broad national support for some gun control measures. “If most Americans insist that something be done and it doesn’t happen, it means we need fundamental reform,” Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South...

  • Donald Trump Aug 10, 2019

    Democrats Use Iowa Event to Attack Trump — Not Each Other

    The packed field of Democratic presidential candidates descended Friday night on a small, northern Iowa town, delighting a raucous crowd of voters by largely attacking President Donald Trump rather than each other. Some of the loudest applause at the Wing Ding fundraiser came for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who tailored her message to her rural surroundings, saying she’d stand up...

  • Chicago Jul 4, 2019

    Harris Clarifies Stance on Federally Mandated School Busing

    Sen. Kamala Harris clarified her position on federally mandated school busing, saying it’s only necessary in cases where local governments are actively opposing integration. As she spoke with reporters Thursday before a campaign event in Indianola, Iowa, Harris said that in the 1960s and ’70s, institutions “were literally working against integration of our schools.” That’s why she said she supported...

  • Donald Trump Jun 12, 2019

    Sanders Makes Case for Democratic Socialism After Criticism

    Bernie Sanders on Wednesday mounted a strong defense of democratic socialism, the economic philosophy that has guided his political career, even as Republicans and some of his Democratic presidential opponents have seized on it to brand him as too radical. Sanders’ speech, coming two weeks before the first debates of the Democratic primary, is his most aggressive attempt yet to...

  • Donald Trump Jun 11, 2019

    Trump, Biden Trade Barbs Amid Dueling Iowa Campaign Visits

    President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden spent Tuesday trading insults — sometimes almost simultaneously— as they stumped across Iowa in split-screen moments that could preview a ferocious fight ahead if the two face off for the presidency next year. The back and forth laid bare the rising political stakes for each man, even with the election about 17 months...

  • Donald Trump May 27, 2019

    In Mostly White Iowa, Black Dems Poised to Play a 2020 Role

    In Iowa, one of the whitest states in the nation, more than 100 black Democrats who expect to attend the 2020 caucuses crammed into a tiny community center in the capital city to position themselves as a force in the most wide-open presidential campaign in a generation. “There is hope! There is hope, I tell you, the same hope that...

  • facebook May 3, 2019

    Here’s the Email Tesla Sent Employees Telling Them to Stop Leaking Info

    Tesla’s security team sent a warning to employees this week to stop leaking company information. The email, which was shared with CNBC and verified with multiple current employees who requested anonymity, warned that outsiders who “will do anything to see us fail” are “targeting” employees for information via social networks and other methods.

  • spokesman Apr 5, 2019

    Biden Jokes About Hugs in 1st Speech Since Complaints About Behavior

    Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday made light of his recent controversy about crossing physical boundaries with women, and he signaled in a resolute speech to union activists that’s he’s ready to run for president as a moderate Democrat in party that has been drifting left. Biden, 76, opened his speech to a conference of electrical workers joking that...

  • Donald Trump Mar 22, 2019

    Biden May Have Trouble Winning Over Progressives in Election

    Joe Biden says he has “the most progressive record” of any Democrat running, or mulling a run, in 2020. But many progressive activists disagree. As the former vice president inches closer to a third White House run, several moments in his long career loom as immediate political liabilities. From his vote for the Iraq war to his key role in...

  • Donald Trump Mar 22, 2019

    Biden May Have Trouble Winning Over Progressives in Election

    Joe Biden says he has “the most progressive record” of any Democrat running, or mulling a run, in 2020. But many progressive activists disagree. As the former vice president inches closer to a third White House run, several moments in his long career loom as immediate political liabilities. From his vote for the Iraq war to his key role in...

  • Donald Trump Mar 16, 2019

    Left or Center? Democrats Mull Best Options to Beat Trump

    As she waited to meet former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at a recent house party in Dubuque, attorney Connie O’Connor was anxious about the liberal direction of the Democratic presidential primary. “I know a lot of people who don’t want to vote for Donald Trump but don’t necessarily want to vote for the presidential version of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez,” she said,...

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