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Kamala Harris is preparing to lead Democrats in 2024. There are lessons from her 2020 bid

Jul. 23, 2024 07:37 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Kamala Harris was greeted by a massive, cheering crowd during the first rally of her newly announced presidential campaign in 2019. Speaking on a late January day outside city hall in her hometown of Oakland, California, she framed her bid as part of something bigger than simply...

2024 Election Latest: Harris says she's looking forward to accepting Democratic Party's nomination

Jul. 23, 2024 00:26 AM EDT

Vice President Kamala Harris had a busy 24 hours after being endorsed as the Democratic presidential candidate by President Joe Biden. She has secured enough delegates to earn the party’s nomination and raised more than $81 million, a record sum for the 2024 political cycle. Harris also spoke...

Biden passed that torch slowly, hanging on until the wheels finally came off

Jul. 23, 2024 00:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the formulaic “pass the torch” drumbeat thumped on from lawmakers wanting him to quit the race, President Joe Biden maintained a brave face. Publicly, he vowed he was all in, until the day he got out. But there were telling indications he was listening to...

Black voters feel excitement, hope and a lot of worry as Harris takes center stage in campaign

Jul. 22, 2024 20:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Black voters, who helped power Joe Biden to the White House, expressed a mix of hope and worry Monday over his exit from the presidential race and the prospect of Vice President Kamala Harris becoming the Democratic nominee. A key Democratic constituency, Black...

Bernice Johnson Reagon, whose powerful voice helped propel the Civil Rights Movement, has died

Jul. 22, 2024 17:18 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bernice Johnson Reagon, a musician and scholar who used her rich, powerful contralto voice in the service of the American Civil Rights Movement and human rights struggles around the world, died on July 16, according to her daughter's social media post. She was 81. ...

Harris gets a chance to press reset on the 2024 race against Trump

Jul. 22, 2024 08:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the past year, the presidential campaign seemed destined to be a monotonous slog featuring two candidates, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, who voters didn’t really want. But that all changed on a quiet Sunday afternoon just 107 days...

Biden's legacy: Far-reaching accomplishments that didn't translate into political support

Jul. 22, 2024 06:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sitting in the Oval Office behind the iconic Resolute desk in 2022, an animated President Joe Biden described the challenge of leading a psychologically traumatized nation. The United States had endured a life-altering pandemic. There was a jarring burst of...

Takeaways from a day that fundamentally changed the presidential race

Jul. 22, 2024 00:20 AM EDT

President Joe Biden’s abrupt decision to bow out of the presidential race and endorse Vice President Kamala Harris to be the Democratic candidate against former President Donald Trump caused a political earthquake on Sunday. It also changes the contours of a presidential race — which most...

Democrats are rallying around Harris as she vows to 'earn and win' party nomination for president

Jul. 21, 2024 23:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats quickly rallied around Vice President Kamala Harris as their likely presidential nominee Sunday after President Joe Biden 's ground-shaking decision to bow out of the 2024 race, a volatile fast-moving political situation just months before the November election. ...

Biden drops out of 2024 race after disastrous debate inflamed age concerns. VP Harris gets his nod

Jul. 21, 2024 22:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection after a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about the incumbent's fitness for office. The unprecedented announcement, delivered less than four months...