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Energized liberals fear Warren, Sanders can't beat Trump

Aug. 16, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

BERLIN, N.H. (AP) — They want fundamental change: single-payer health care, debt-free college, environmental protections and the end of big money in politics. But as liberal voters size up the two leading candidates running on those values — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — one question...

Democratic candidates blame Trump, NRA for inaction on guns

Aug. 10, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — 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...

Andrew Yang qualifies for fall presidential debates

Aug. 9, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has qualified for the next presidential debates. The former technology executive earned 2 percent in a new Monmouth University poll of Iowa voters. That qualifies him for the September debate, which requires donations from at least 130,000...

Too many candidates: Some Iowans tired of massive 2020 field

Aug. 9, 2019 1:19 AM EDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Jake Poorman is exhausted. He's been trying to get every Democratic presidential candidate to sign a baseball, a souvenir of the wildest Democratic primary he's seen in his 60 years as an Iowan. He's gathered so many signatures — 16 — he had to get another ball. That,...

Pressure mounts on Hickenlooper, but Senate is no sure bet

Aug. 8, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — As his campaign cash dwindles and he continues to scrape the bottom in polls, pressure is mounting on former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to trade in his faltering presidential bid for a U.S. Senate run in his home state. But the decision will not be an easy one for the...

Popular 'Bachelorette' finale boosts ABC in ratings

Aug. 6, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Summer's most popular entertainment series, NBC's "America's Got Talent," had a little competition last week. ABC's "The Bachelorette" delivered its best ratings for the franchise in two years along with a surprise finale last week, when Hannah Brown revealed she had called off the...

Nielsen's top programs for July 29-Aug. 4

Aug. 6, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 29-Aug. 4. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. "Presidential Debate" (Wednesday), CNN, 10.77 million. 2. "Presidential Debate Analysis" (Wednesday), CNN, 9.21 million. 3. "Presidential Debate" (Tuesday), CNN, 8.69...

The Latest: Harris says health care plans should cover all

Aug. 3, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential contenders in Nevada (all times local): 4:25 p.m. Sen. Kamala Harris says "no Democrat" should be on the debate stage without a "health care plan that covers everybody." The California senator's remark is likely aimed at former Vice President Joe...

AP FACT CHECK: The Democratic debates and Trump counterpunch

Aug. 3, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his typically boastful rally this past week, Donald Trump placed himself too high in the pantheon of presidents when it comes to getting his judicial picks on federal courts. He's been having a good run on that front but he's not where he said he is — ranking right under George...

Klobuchar says she has qualified for next Democratic debate

Aug. 2, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar says she has qualified to participate in the third Democratic presidential debate next month in Houston. The Minnesota senator's presidential campaign announced Friday it has amassed 130,000 individual donors, one of the two standards the...