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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)

Trump tells evangelical voters they have God on their side

Jan 03, 2020 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'I really do believe we have God on our side,' Donald Trump tells the crowd at the King Jesus International Ministry mega church in Miami

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, June 14, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump far ahead of Democratic rivals in 2020 election fundraising

Jan 02, 2020 - 11:27 PM

In the fourth quarter of 2019, even as he was mired in a political scandal that resulted in his impeachment by the House of Representatives, Donald Trump raised a staggering $46 million

FUNDRAISING. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at the White House in Washington, DC, September 27, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Pete Buttigieg under fire as Democratic rivals see 2020 threat

Dec 21, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Pete Buttigieg's steady rise in recent polls has brought him attacks by rivals who see him as an obstacle in their run for the 2020 United States presidential election

NEW TARGET. Mayor Pete Buttigieg is slammed by rivals in the most recent Democratic debates for the 2020 presidential election. File photo by Derek Henkle/AFP

Michael Bloomberg's big bucks fuel unique strategy for White House run

Dec 19, 2019 - 11:54 PM

The former New York mayor is skipping key states and spending big on ads, but analysts say his game plan 'has virtually no chance'

Rick Perry says Trump was chosen by God to lead U.S.

Nov 26, 2019 - 7:23 AM

'You didn't get here without God's blessing,' outgoing US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry tells Fox News, recalling a recent conversation with Donald Trump that focused on faith

US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry addresses a press conference during a high-level business to business energy forum at the European Commission in Brussels on May 2, 2019. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

Bloomberg formally announces U.S. presidential candidacy

Nov 24, 2019 - 11:34 PM

'We cannot afford 4 more years of President Trump's reckless and unethical actions,' says the former New York mayor

CANDIDATE. In this file photo taken on November 17, 2019, Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Christian Cultural Center in New York City. Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images North America/AFP

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