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Analysis: Deval Patrick revives debate over ‘electability’

Nov. 16, 2019 8:23 AM EST

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s late entry into the presidential race offers Democrats a fresh — and perhaps last — chance to reassess who they think is the strongest candidate to take on President Donald Trump. It adds to the now months-long debate within the Democratic Party over...

Abrams’ group aims to reach Georgia voters who may be purged

Nov. 15, 2019 9:38 PM EST

Stacey Abrams’ voting rights organization is aiming to reach Georgia voters who could be purged from the state’s election rolls as soon as next month. Fair Fight Action is mobilizing hundreds of volunteers coming out of Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta to make calls to...

10 Democrats qualify for next week’s presidential debate

Nov. 14, 2019 3:54 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Ten Democratic presidential candidates have qualified for next Wednesday’s debate in Georgia, giving voters a smaller lineup on stage to consider even as the party’s overall field expands. The Democratic National Committee confirmed the lineup Thursday after reviewing polling...

Klobuchar: Woman with Buttigieg's record would miss debate

Nov. 11, 2019 6:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign drew a record six female candidates to the field. But with just less than three months until voting starts, only one has risen to the top tier. Is it sexism or just politics? That's the debate that erupted Monday as one of those candidates,...

AP Exclusive: Steyer aide offered money for endorsements

Nov. 7, 2019 3:45 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer in Iowa privately offered campaign contributions to local politicians in exchange for endorsing his White House bid, according to multiple people with direct knowledge of the conversations. The overtures from Pat Murphy, a...

Tick tock, in hock: National debt clock looms over Atlanta

Nov. 7, 2019 1:34 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A nonpartisan organization has placed a national debt clock in downtown Atlanta, right on time for a Democratic presidential debate coming to the city in two weeks. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports New York-based Peter G. Peterson Foundation placed the billboard on Ted Turner Drive...

Immigration opens ideological fault lines for 2020 Democrats

Nov. 7, 2019 8:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders is adding his support to a call by some of his fellow presidential hopefuls for decriminalizing illegal border crossings, a proposal that's further exposing deep ideological divides in the Democratic primary and may prove politically treacherous for the party in the general...

Muslim headscarf debate divides France, in climate of hate

Oct. 30, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — When a far-right French official disrupted a regional council meeting to demand that a Muslim woman accompanying a group of schoolchildren be ordered to remove her headscarf, "in the name of our secular principles," her own child buried his head in her shoulder and cried. The scene has...

Biden's communion denial highlights faith-politics conflict

Oct. 29, 2019 11:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest's denial of communion to Joe Biden in South Carolina on Sunday illustrates the fine line presidential candidates must walk as they talk about their faiths: balancing religious values with a campaign that asks them to choose a side in polarizing moral debates....

Trump-Netanyahu embrace boosts progressive Jewish Americans

Oct. 28, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Israel and the United States grapple with uncertain politics that could have a massive effect on the future of Israel-Palestinian relations, politically progressive Jewish Americans are showcasing their influence. Five Democratic presidential candidates addressed thousands of attendees...