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New York postpones presidential primary over coronavirus concerns

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:04 AM

The vote, which was slated for April 28, will instead take place on June 23

THE CITY STOPS. A nearly empty Times Square is seen on March 23, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

Sanders to 'assess' campaign after primary drubbing by Biden

Mar 19, 2020 - 8:57 AM

Pressure mounts on the leftist Vermont senator to end his White House campaign

MASK. Supporters wait to hear Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders at his 2020 Super Tuesday Rally at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vermont March 3, 2020. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Biden wins Florida, biggest prize on virus-hit primary night

Mar 18, 2020 - 9:13 AM

A Biden trifecta would leave Sanders a gravely wounded candidate

JOE. Joseph 'Joe' Biden speaks during the an Easter Prayer Breakfast in the East Room of the White House in April 2015. Photo by Andrew Harrer/EPA

Biden wins Washington state Democratic primary – U.S. media

Mar 17, 2020 - 7:01 PM

Media reports say Joe Biden had won 37.9% of the vote, with the leftist Bernie Sanders close behind with 36.4%

JOE BIDEN. Democratic presidential hopeful former US vice president Joe Biden makes a point as he and Senator Bernie Sanders take part in the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate in a CNN Washington Bureau studio in Washington, DC on March 15, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. drops case against Russian firm accused of 2016 election meddling

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:36 AM

The case is against the company controlled by a confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin that allegedly funded the campaign to meddle in the 2016 elections

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

Biden commits to female running mate if he is Democratic nominee

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:14 AM

'There are a number of women who are qualified to be vice president tomorrow,' the moderate Biden says

CONTEMPLATING. US Democratic frontunner Joe Biden (C) with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (C, background) and Health Minister Susan Ley (R). Photo Tracey Nearmy/AFP

Biden tells plant worker he is 'full of shit'

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:44 AM

In February, Biden is also caught on camera calling a young woman a 'lying, dog-faced pony soldier'

SHARP-TONGUED. Former US Vice-President Joe Biden speaks during the an Easter Prayer Breakfast in 2015. Photo by Andrew Harrer/EPA

Biden says fighting for U.S. 'soul' after big primary wins

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:08 AM

(UPDATED) Barring surprises, Joe Biden now has a clear path to becoming the Democratic standard-bearer in a potentially bruising and deeply divisive matchup with Donald Trump

BIDEN. Democratic presidential hopeful former US Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks during the second Democratic primary debate. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Biden wins Harris endorsement, Sanders snags nod from civil rights leader

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:21 PM

Senator Kamala Harris says Joe Biden can best unify the country

Warren, once a frontrunner, ends her U.S. presidential campaign

Mar 06, 2020 - 12:03 AM

'I may not be in the race for President in 2020, but this fight – our fight – is not over,' Elizabeth Warren says in remarks to her campaign staff

WARREN'S CAMPAIGN ENDS. In this file photo Democratic presidential hopeful Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren arrives to participate in the tenth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 25, 2020. File photo by Logan Cyrus/AFP

Wall Street's wild ride continues as Biden wins boost Dow

Mar 05, 2020 - 9:45 AM

The Super Tuesday contests establish former United States vice president Joe Biden as a major rival to leftist Bernie Sanders, who has worried investors

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 4, 2020 in New York City. The news of Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden's delegate lead after the Super Tuesday primaries helped the market rebound and close at over 1,100 points. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images/AFP

Billionaire Bloomberg ends campaign, endorses Biden

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:31 PM

'Three months ago, I entered the race for president to defeat Donald Trump. Today, I am leaving the race for the same reason: to defeat Donald Trump,' US media tycoon Michael Bloomberg says in a statement

BLOOMBERG DROPS OUT. In this file photo taken on March 03, 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg waves during a rally at Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP

'New race': Biden seizes momentum with Super Tuesday surge

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:49 AM

(5th UPDATE) The results signal a remarkable comeback for Joe Biden, a former vice president under Barack Obama, who is vying once again for frontrunner status

SUPER SUPPORTERS. Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden attend a Super Tuesday event in Los Angeles on March 3, 2020. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

O'Rourke latest ex-rival to endorse Biden for U.S. president

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:58 AM

'He's decent, he's kind, he's caring, he's empathetic,' says O'Rourke of Biden

ENDORSER. Beto O'Rourke speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump whips up crowd on eve of Democrats' big primary day

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:07 AM

'Crazy Bernie's going to be (even) more crazy,' Trump says to swelling laughter from the crowd

THE DON. US President Donald Trump smiles at a crowd. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Resurgent Biden earns Klobuchar, Buttigieg backing before Super Tuesday

Mar 03, 2020 - 10:26 AM

'It is no secret...that there is a massive effort trying to stop Bernie Sanders,' the frontrunner says about himself

BIDEN SUPPORTERS. Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden hold signs during a campaign event at Wofford University February 28, 2020 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

Who's in, who's out in Democratic White House race

Mar 03, 2020 - 9:59 AM

The top 3 remaining are all septuagenarian white men

CONTENDERS. Democratic presidential hopefuls former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Photo by Frederic Brown/AFP

What you need to know about 'Super Tuesday'

Mar 02, 2020 - 2:05 PM

March 3 is the biggest day of the entire presidential primary process, with tens of millions of Americans eligible to cast ballots. Here are a few things to watch for on Super Tuesday.

SUPER TUESDAY INCOMING. People walk past a polling station as the state votes in the primary election on February 29, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Hollywood split as Democrats swap glitzy fundraisers for rallies

Mar 02, 2020 - 12:11 PM

Stars such as Tom Hanks, Johansson, and John Legend have donated to candidates they feel could beat Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential elections

(FILES) In this file photo Democratic Party Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg meets with supporters after speaking during a grassroots fundraising event at Avalon Nightclub in Hollywood, California on August 27, 2019. - From Tom Hanks to Scarlett Johansson, Hollywood A-listers determined to see President Donald Trump defeated are badly split over the best Democratic candidate to back with their silver-screen dollars. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Big win for Biden puts him back in U.S. race as 'Super Tuesday' nears

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:43 AM

With 48% of the vote in South Carolina, the former vice president more than doubles the 20% won by national frontrunner Bernie Sanders

CHALLENGER. Former US vice president Joe Biden leaves a rally organized by UFCW Union members to support Stop and Shop employees. Photo by Joseph Prezioso/AFP

Buttigieg dropping out of U.S. presidential race

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:16 AM

The first openly gay US presidential candidate from a major party ends his campaign

DROPPED OUT. Peter Buttigieg talks about Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence in front of potential voters. Photo by Derek Henkle/AFP

Former VP Joe Biden wins South Carolina primary

Mar 01, 2020 - 9:01 AM

The victory is seen as crucial to Joe Biden's hopes of challenging Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination

BOUNCING BACK. Democratic presidential hopeful former US Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks during 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

Biden counting on primary win in South Carolina to revive hopes

Feb 29, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Former US vice president and now presidential candidate Joe Biden leads in state polling in South Carolina, a dozen points ahead of Sanders

WIN? Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden hold signs during a campaign event at Wofford University February 28, 2020 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood backs Michael Bloomberg – report

Feb 23, 2020 - 11:45 AM

The actor has supported Donald Trump when he ran for president 4 years ago

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 03: Director-producer Clint Eastwood attends the 20th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI/AFP

Sanders claims big win in Nevada, tightens grip on Democratic race

Feb 23, 2020 - 10:59 AM

Bernie Sanders' win is a substantial accomplishment in a state seen as an important bellwether because it is the first diverse electorate to weigh in on the 2020 presidential race

VICTORY. In this file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes the stage during a primary night event on February 11, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo by Joe Raedle/AFP

Bloomberg to release accusers from contracts requiring silence

Feb 23, 2020 - 10:46 AM

There are at least 3 non-disclosure agreements presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg signed with women in the past 30 years

END TO SILENCE. 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. Photo by Jeff Kowalsky/AFP

Russia meddling in U.S. election to boost Trump, lawmakers told

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:15 PM

A US intelligence official reportedly told lawmakers Russia is once again meddling in the US election on Donald Trump's behalf, according to The Washington Post and New York Times

US ELECTIONS. In this file photo, then Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testifies before a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on September 26, 2019, in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Septuagenarian Democrats spill their baggage on debate stage

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:16 AM

There are mentions of the heart attack suffered by Sanders in October and coronary stents Bloomberg received 20 years ago

DEBATE. Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (L) speaks next to former Vice President Joe Biden during the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Trump seeks to tighten grip on Arizona, likely swing state in 2020

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:28 AM

In the border state, US President Donald Trump stands by his campaign promise of building the wall

ALLIES. US Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) hugs President Donald Trump at a rally at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Caitlin O'Hara / Getty Images North America/AFP

'Same values': Meet Trump's unlikely supporters

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:47 PM

A Filipino-Japanese immigrant, a Mexican, and a few other Latinos are among the unlikely supporters Rappler meets at President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona

Photo by Cui Chentao

In U.S. politics, height matters and Trump knows it

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:41 AM

Taller guys tend to win the White House

HEIGHT. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press after arriving on Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, September 26, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Billionaire candidates shake up Democratic White House race

Feb 14, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Billionaires Mike Bloomberg and Tom Steyer invest hundreds of millions of dollars in their efforts to win the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. And so far, it seems like that strategy is working.

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 13: A television screen shows Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg as he speaks to a crowd on February 13, 2020 in Houston, Texas. The former New York City mayor launched "Mike for Black America," an effort to focus on key issues relating to black Americans on his fifth campaign trip to Texas. Callaghan O'Hare/Getty Images/AFP Callaghan O'Hare / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Iowa Democratic Party chief resigns after caucus mess

Feb 13, 2020 - 1:16 PM

In his resignation letter, Troy Price says, 'it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward.' But 'my presence in my current role makes that more difficult.'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 06, 2020 Troy Price Chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, addresses the media about the aftermath of the Iowa caucuses on February 7, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Price, chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, resigned on February 12, 2020, a week after overseeing the chaotic Iowa caucuses that embarrassed the state and national party and left Democrats open to accusations of incompetence. Steve POPE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Bernie Sanders wins in New Hampshire as Joe Biden crashes and burns

Feb 12, 2020 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) The 78-year-old US senator from Vermont went into the race as the newly anointed national frontrunner and was expected to win New Hampshire

GIDDY. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders  takes the stage during a primary night event on February 11, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Democratic presidential frontrunner Sanders in early New Hampshire lead

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:03 AM

While Sanders is expected to win, a solid second place for Buttigieg could provide the biggest bounce from New Hampshire, after he won narrowly in Iowa

BERNIE DOLL. A supporter holds a Bernie action figure outside a campaign event of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at Ingersoll Tap February 2, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Yang announces withdrawal from U.S. Democratic presidential race

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:55 AM

Andrew Yang is known for his campaign promise of giving every adult American $1,000 a month

WITHDRAWAL. In this file photo Democratic presidential hopeful Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang gestures during the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

New Hampshire votes in consequential Democratic primary

Feb 11, 2020 - 5:57 PM

(UPDATED) New Hampshire always hosts the nation's first primary, 8 days after Iowa kicked off the nomination process, and it could narrow the Democratic field of 11 current candidates

'FIRST IN THE NATION.' Town moderator Tom Tillotson walks past the results board after midnight voting at the Hale House at the legendary Balsams Resort in the New Hampshire hamlet of Dixville Notch February 11, 2020, where midnight voting took place on the day of the state's first-in-the-nation primary. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Buttigieg wins delayed Iowa count, Sanders to contest result

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:05 AM

Buttigieg and Sanders are separated by a razor-thin margin

MAYOR PETE. File photo taken on September 26, 2016 of South Bend Indiana Mayor Peter Buttigieg. Photo by Derek Henkle/AFP

Sanders claims victory as review ordered of Iowa results

Feb 07, 2020 - 8:48 AM

'From where I come from, the person who gets the most votes wins,' Sanders says

THE BERN. Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters as they wait for results to come in at his caucus night watch party on February 3, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Kerem Yucel/AFP

Iowa woman wanted vote changed after learning Buttigieg is gay

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:54 AM

'Are you saying that he has a same-sex partner? Are you kidding?' the woman, wearing a 'Pete 2020' sticker, asks an organizer

PETE. Buttigieg speaks at a New Hampshire event. Photo from AFP

Trump to deliver victorious State of Union speech

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:28 AM

With the Republican Senate majority ready to toss out the impeachment charges in less than 24 hours, Trump is buoyant

SPEECH. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Economic Club of New York on November 12, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Buttigieg takes lead in Iowa caucuses, Sanders second

Feb 05, 2020 - 7:31 AM

Joe Biden is in fourth place, a disappointing showing for the former vice president who has claimed he is best positioned to defeat Donald Trump in November

PETE. In this file photo taken on September 26, 2016, South Bend Indiana Mayor Peter Buttigieg talks about Republican Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence in front of potential voters at a Hillary Clinton debate watching party for the LGBT community in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Derek Henkle/AFP

Iowa White House vote turns to fiasco as results delayed

Feb 04, 2020 - 10:11 PM

Republicans led by President Donald Trump gloat over the setback, and candidates who normally rely on the Midwestern state's caucuses for momentum as the primary season unfolds are denied that bounce

CAUCUS. Caucus volunteer works on paper work on February 3, 2020 in Carpenter, Iowa. File photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images/AFP

Iowa fires starting gun on Democratic White House race

Feb 04, 2020 - 11:05 AM

The two frontrunners, far-left senator Bernie Sanders and moderate former vice president Joe Biden, face a key test in the sparsely populated state

SUPPORT. Caucus goers wait to be counted at their precinct at Abraham Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa, on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Democrats make final pitch in Iowa hours before first U.S. vote

Feb 03, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Iowans take their role as first-in-the-nation voters to heart, and their pick has a recent historical track record of becoming the Democratic nominee

BERNIE DOLL. A supporter holds a Bernie action figure outside a campaign event of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at Ingersoll Tap February 2, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Democrats make final pitches ahead of Iowa showdown

Feb 02, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Monday's crunch vote has created an air of suspense, with no clear frontrunner

BERNIE RALLY. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) greets rally attendees after speaking at a campaign rally at the U.S. Bank Arena on February 1, 2020 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Over 3,000 people were in attendance at the event. Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images/AFP

Warren proposes criminalizing disinformation about voting in U.S.

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:05 AM

'In both the 2016 and 2018 elections, online disinformation sought to depress voter turnout by telling people they could vote via text, giving people the wrong date for election day, and more,' Warren says

Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver to stump for Bernie Sanders

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:26 PM

Folktronica band Bon Iver will play a rally show on January 31, and the next day Vampire Weekend will jam in support of the leftist Sanders, a self-described socialist candidate popular especially among young voters

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 05: Vampire Weekend on stage at "Not So Silent Night," a RADIO.COM Event at Barclays Center on December 05, 2019 in New York City. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images For RADIO.COM/AFP

Florida Supreme Court says ex-cons must pay fines before voting

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:46 AM

Allowing ex-felons, a large portion of whom are black, Hispanic, or poor, onto the voting rolls could affect US presidential election outcomes at all levels

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

Democrat Cory Booker, campaign optimist, exits White House race

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:57 AM

'Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win – money we don't have, and money that is harder to raise because I won't be on the next debate stage,' Booker says

OUT. Senate Judiciary Committee member Cory Booker speaks about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh during a mark up hearing in Washington, DC in September 2018. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America/AFP)