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Bloomberg files papers paving way for U.S. presidential bid

Nov 09, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Analysts say that the billionaire's candidacy could do the most harm against frontrunner Joe Biden's prospects

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 24, 2019 Michael Bloomberg, addresses the NAACP's (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) 110th National Convention at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg was positioning himself Friday to enter the crowded race for the Democratic presidential nomination, setting up a potential showdown with fellow septuagenarian Joe Biden as the leading centrist candidate. JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP

Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg preparing presidential run – U.S. media

Nov 08, 2019 - 8:54 AM

A Bloomberg advisor says: 'Based on his record of accomplishment, leadership and his ability to bring people together to drive change, Mike would be able to take the fight to Trump and win'

RUNNING. File photo of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Shutterstock.com

Rebuke for Trump in races seen as barometers for 2020 election

Nov 06, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Democrats are projected to win closely-watched elections in two states, results signaling troubling headwinds for his 2020 re-election campaign

ANDY BESHEAR. Apparent Gov.-elect Andy Beshear celebrates with supporters after voting results showed the Democrat holding a slim lead over Republican Gov. Matt Bevin at C2 Event Venue on November 5, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. officials warn of foreign interference one year before election

Nov 06, 2019 - 9:14 AM

The heads of 7 top security-related agencies say, 'Russia, China, Iran, and other foreign malicious actors all will seek to interfere in the voting process or influence voter perceptions'

ON VOTING. Virginia voters head to the polls at Nottingham Elementary School November 5, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

A year before 2020 election, a divided and 'angry' America

Nov 03, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The building political clash – fueled by the House's impeachment inquiry into Trump – appears to virtually guarantee another year of sharp division in a nation long weary of such drama

'TRUMP 2020.' A torn sign lies on the ground after a 'Keep America Great' campaign rally for President Donald Trump at BancorpSouth Arena on November 1, 2019 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Photo by Brandon Dill/Getty Images/AFP

Bernie Sanders makes a statement with big New York rally: ‘I am back!’

Oct 20, 2019 - 11:14 AM

There were calls for the 78-year-old progressive to quit the race, but a strong performance at the fourth Democratic primary debate earlier in the week in Ohio showed he still had plenty of fight left in him

Ocasio-Cortez endorses Bernie Sanders in U.S. race

Oct 20, 2019 - 11:05 AM

'We right now have one of the best Democratic presidential primary fields in a generation, and much of that is thanks to work that Bernie Sanders has done in his entire life,' says firebrand Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

ENDORSEMENT. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Queensbridge Park on October 19, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images/AFP

Trump says unsure if he'll cooperate with Congress on impeachment

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:00 AM

President Donald Trump once again denies that he's done anything wrong in his relations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, insisting that his only interest is 'looking at corruption'

UNSURE. US President Donald Trump gives a statement before boarding to Washington at Morristown Airport on August 04, 2019. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Ukraine reviews cases on firm linked to Biden's son – prosecutor

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:26 PM

Prosecutor-General Ruslan Ryaboshapka tells reporters his office will revisit 15 cases but stresses that they are not necessarily connected to US Democrat Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden

REVIEW. Ukraine's prosecutor-general Ruslan Ryaboshapka says on October 4 his office is reviewing the closure of a number of cases related to a gas firm linked to US Democrat Joe Biden's son. Photo by Sergei Chuzavkov/AFP

Trump openly calls on Ukraine, China to investigate Biden

Oct 03, 2019 - 11:59 PM

(UPDATED) 'China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine,' says President Donald Trump

TRUMP ON BIDEN. This file photo shows US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 9, 2019. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Tech firms, U.S. officials talk election protection at Facebook

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:24 PM

'Improving election security and countering information operations are complex challenges that no organization can solve alone,' says Facebook's Nathaniel Gleicher

FIGHTING DISINFORMATION. A picture taken on September 4, 2019 shows logos of US social networking websites Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, displayed on smart-phone screen, in Lille, northern France. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Warren and Sanders vs moderates: Liberals under fire in 2nd debate

Jul 31, 2019 - 12:06 PM

The sharp ideological battle lines shines through immediately in the second debate of the 2020 Democratic primary race

LIBERALS. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) embrace after the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 30, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. 20 Democratic presidential candidates were split into two groups of 10 to take part in the debate sponsored by CNN held over two nights at Detroits Fox Theatre. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP  JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Trump gloats as Mueller gives Dems little support for impeachment

Jul 25, 2019 - 10:31 PM

'The Democrats lost so big today,' says US President Donald Trump

TRUMP ON MUELLER. US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Key takeaways from Mueller testimony to Congress

Jul 25, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Here are the main takeaways so far from the marathon hearings before 2 Democratic-controlled House committees by former US special counsel Robert Mueller

TENTATIVE. Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC.  Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Mueller to Congress: Trump was not exonerated

Jul 24, 2019 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'The finding indicates that the president was not exculpated from the acts that he allegedly committed,' Robert Mueller tells the House Judiciary Committee

MUELLER REPORT. Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump attacks Mueller ahead of testimony on Russia probe

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:17 AM

Robert Mueller will take questions from lawmakers for the first time on the Russia investigation when he appears before two separate Democratic-led House committees on Wednesday, July 24

TRUMP ON MUELLER. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to the media on May 20, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Biden under attack as 2020 Democrat rivals urge passing of torch

Jun 28, 2019 - 1:29 PM

With so many potential challengers to Trump, the Democratic party splits the top 20 candidates into debates on two nights in southern Florida, a key swing state in next year's election

DEBATES. Democratic presidential hopefuls participate in the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 27, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Warren leads U.S. Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

Jun 27, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against number two candidate Bernie Sanders and 8 others on Thursday

DEBATE TIME. Democratic presidential candidates take part in the first night of the Democratic presidential debate on June 26, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Robert Mueller to testify in U.S. Congress on Russia probe

Jun 26, 2019 - 12:07 PM

The former US special counsel agrees to testify in public on July 17 about his report into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election

TESTIFYING. This file photo taken on May 16, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller. Photo by Brendan Smalowski

Trump reelection launch heralds political scorched earth campaign

Jun 20, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Even for a showman president renowned for exaggerating achievements, insulting opponents and making wildly inaccurate claims, Trump's speech to 20,000 people at an Orlando, Florida arena stands out

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump arrives to speak during a rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida to officially launch his 2020 campaign on June 18, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump promises 'wild' campaign launch rally

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:52 PM

Organizers claim the Orlando rally has sold out a 20,000-seat arena, with many more to gather outside, watching on big screens

2020. US President Donald Trump promises a 'wild' 2020 campaign launch rally. File photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Trump briefly acknowledges Russia helped him get elected

May 30, 2019 - 11:43 PM

'And now Russia has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected,' says US President Donald Trump

ON ELECTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Mueller denies probe cleared Trump, hands baton to Congress

May 29, 2019 - 11:22 PM

(UPDATED) Not indicting Donald Trump is not equivalent to clearing him, Robert Mueller says, suggesting Congress has both the constitutional powers and the responsibility to pursue the case

FIRST STATEMENT. Special Counsel Robert Mueller speaks on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Democrat impeachment talk gains as Trump blocks lawyer testimony

May 22, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'Stonewalling Congress on witnesses and the unredacted Mueller report only enhances the President's appearance of guilt,' says US Representative Mark Pocan, one of the leaders of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party

A name card is set for former White House lawyer Don McGhan who is expected to testify at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Mueller report, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2019. US President Donald Trump has told McGhan to ignore a subpoena from Congress to testify about the president's alleged obstruction of justice, Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on May 20. MANDEL NGAN / AFP

New York Mayor de Blasio joins 2020 race

May 16, 2019 - 8:06 PM

Bill de Blasio becomes the 23rd prospective Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump

BILL DE BLASIO. In this file photo taken on June 21, 2018, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to a crowd at the Tornillo Port of Entry near El Paso, Texas, during a protest rally by several US mayors against the immigrant family separation policy. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Convicted Russian 'agent' Maria Butina appeals prison sentence

May 16, 2019 - 7:04 AM

The Russian gun activist builds a network of high-powered Republican contacts in what she called a quest to establish better relations between the two countries

(FILES): This August 17, 2018, photo courtesy of the Alexandria, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office, shows Maria Butina's booking photograph when she was admitted into the Alexandria Detention Center in Alexandia. - Butina, accused of acting as an illegal foreign agent, expected to plead guilty at a court hearing on December 13, 2018. (Photo by HO / Alexandria Sheriff’s Office / AFP) / == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / Alexandria Sheriff’s Office " / NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==

U.S. Senate subpoenas Trump son Donald Jr – reports

May 09, 2019 - 6:49 AM

This is the first known legal summons issued by the US Congress to a member of the president's family to force testimony in the ongoing investigation

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - MARCH 28: Donald Trump Jr. talks to the press before the arrival of his father President Donald Trump during a rally at the Van Andel Arena on March 28, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Rapids was the final city Trump visited during his 2016 campaign. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP  SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen, off to prison, says still 'much to be told'

May 06, 2019 - 11:01 PM

'There still remains much to be told. And I look forward to the day that I can share the truth,' Michael Cohen tells reporters as he leaves his Manhattan residence for the federal prison in Otisville, New York

Biden spars with Trump on age, faces questions on women

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:35 AM

"If he looks young and vibrant compared to me I should probably go home," Biden says of the president.

CHALLENGER. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2019 Former US vice president Joe Biden leaves a rally organized by UFCW Union members to support Stop and Shop employees on strike throughout the region in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP

Former U.S. VP Biden announces 2020 run for White House

Apr 25, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The party's 76-year-old senior statesman is the most experienced and recognized Democrat in the race, a popular former vice president who has been dominating early polls following months of campaign planning

Trump seethes in foul-mouthed tirade against Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:38 PM

Trump is now digesting the report's findings that he was happy enough to benefit from Russian dirty tricks and tried repeatedly to hamper Mueller's investigation

MUELLER REPORT. US President Donald Trump launches a foul-mouthed tirade against the Mueller report. File photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP

Trump slams 'fabricated' testimony in Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:18 PM

US President Donald Trump, who initially celebrated the publication of the report, is in a more defensive mood on Friday, April 19, insisting that he had done nothing wrong

RUSSIA PROBE. Composite photo shows Special counsel Robert Mueller and US President Donald Trump. Trump file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP; Robert Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Democrats vow more investigations into Trump’s ‘dishonest’ and ‘immoral’ conduct

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:55 AM

'Donald Trump has spent his entire presidency engaged in a nonstop campaign of obstruction, intimidation, and abuse of power,' says Democratic party chairman Tom Perez. 'No one is above the law.'

INVESTIGATIONS. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff speaks at a press conference discussing today's release of the redacted Mueller report on April 18, 2019 in Burbank, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP  MARIO TAMA / Getty Images North America / AFP

Russia report tells how angry Trump wanted Mueller fired

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:59 AM

'I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to,' Trump tweeted from Air Force One.

'THIS IS THE END OF MY PRESIDENCY.' A page from the recently released Mueller Report is shown April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP  WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Mueller report details Trump's efforts to halt probe

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Trump's efforts to remove Mueller began after press reports indicated that the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election had widened to include whether the president had committed obstruction of justice

RESIGNED. In this file photo, White House counsel Don McGahn listens as Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on September 27, 2018. Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP

Redacted Mueller report released by U.S. Justice Department

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:09 AM

The report focuses on Russia's interference in the 2016 election, whether the Trump campaign helped in that effort and whether Trump tried to obstruct justice

File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump declares victory on Mueller report D-Day

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:01 AM

'No collusion. No obstruction,' a triumphant President Donald Trump writes in a Game of Thrones pastiche tweet

HAPPY TRUMP. US President Donald Trump celebrates being cleared of collusion, and so far, of obstruction of justice from the Mueller probe. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump took no action to thwart Mueller probe – attorney general

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:51 PM

'The president took no act that in fact deprived the special counsel of the documents and witnesses necessary to complete his investigation,' says Attorney General Bill Barr

MUELLER REPORT. US Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Biden bids to quell storm over campaign trail kiss

Mar 31, 2019 - 11:33 PM

A former state lawmaker recalls being 'mortified' when Joe Biden planted a 'big, slow kiss' on the back of her head on the sidelines of a rally in Nevada 5 years ago

Former US Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the International Association of Fire Fighters conference in Washington, DC on March 12, 2019. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)

O'Rourke officially joins U.S. presidential race, citing 'moment of truth'

Mar 31, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Beto O'Rourke underscores his most vigorous differences with the man he hopes to succeed in the White House — Donald Trump

ON THE RACE. In this file photo taken on November 6, 2018 Texas Congressman Beto O'€™Rourke gives his concession speech during the election night party at Southwest University Park in downtown El Paso. Photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

Mueller report to be released by mid-April – attorney general

Mar 30, 2019 - 11:38 AM

A redacted version of the 400-page report is set to be released

PUSH BACK. Special counsel Robert Mueller (2nd L) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Kremlin denies meddling in U.S. vote after Mueller probe

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) Moscow calls reports of Russian interference 'malicious slander,' while analysts say the conclusions of the probe are unlikely to improve bilateral ties

'BASELESS.' Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attend the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) leaders summit in Astana on October 16, 2015. Photo by Sergei Guneev/Ria Novosti/AFP

Robert Mueller, the invisible prosecutor who investigated President Trump

Mar 25, 2019 - 10:24 AM

Mueller, who had the fate of the presidency in his hands stayed silent and invisible, keeping politicians of both parties on edge, lawyers studying the constitution and journalists swarming

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 19, 2013 shows then Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testifying before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on oversight during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  Special counsels like the one named to oversee the probe into Russia's alleged election interference are rare super sleuths with more power and independence than regular US investigators. This time it is Robert Mueller, a former FBI director who took over the high-stakes Russia probe in May after US President Donald Trump fired James Comey as FBI director. The first indictments in Mueller's probe are reported to have been brought by a grand jury and could be made public as early as October 30, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Timeline: Every bombshell in the Russia investigation

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:52 AM

Here are key dates in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election

HELSINKI SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Aleksey Nikolskyi/Sputnik/AFP

Key findings of the Mueller report

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:22 AM

Here are the main findings of the two-year investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller into allegations that the US president colluded with Russia in the 2016 election

SUBMITTED. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Ann Mueller walk on March 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Special counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to Attorney General William Barr. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP

Trump jubilant after Mueller finds no collusion

Mar 25, 2019 - 6:56 AM

(4th UPDATE) Attorney General William Barr cites Robert Mueller as saying that 'while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him'

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Palm Beach International Airport March 24, 2019 in Palm Beach County, Florida, declaring he had been completely exonerated after his campaign was cleared of colluding with Russia in the 2016 election campaign.  Nicholas Kamm / AFP

Mueller submits report on bombshell Trump-Russia probe

Mar 23, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The report is confidential, but Attorney General Bill Barr says he will summarize its 'principal conclusions' for Congress

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 21, 2017 former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russia investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington. - An explosive report from BuzzFeed News alleging that US President Donald Trump directed his lawyer to lie to Congress is "not accurate," a spokesman for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office said on January 18, 2019, a rare statement disputing a news report. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Democratic rising star Beto O'Rourke announces White House run

Mar 14, 2019 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) Beto O'Rourke vows to run a positive campaign that will seek to 'bring out the very best from every single one of us'

O'ROURKE. In this file photo taken on November 6, 2018 Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke gives his concession speech during the election night party at Southwest University Park in downtown El Paso. File photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

Even more jail time for Trump ex-campaign chief as he faces New York charges

Mar 14, 2019 - 11:35 AM

New York prosecutors file mortgage fraud and other charges against Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chief, just minutes after he was sentenced to an additional 43 months in prison in another case

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 17: Paul Manafort, Campaign Manager for Donald Trump, speaks on the phone while touring the floor of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena as final preparations continue July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican National Convention begins tomorrow. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Biden teases 2020 presidential bid in address to firefighters

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:20 PM

Former US vice president Joe Biden would be an instant frontrunner should he enter the race

'RUN JOE RUN.' Former US Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the International Association of Fire Fighters conference in Washington, DC on March 12, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP